Mumbai: The Indian court on Monday sent two girls, alleged of posting anti-Thackaray comments on Facebook, to 14 days in prison but they were later released on bail after paying two bonds of Rs. 15,000 each.
Earlier, the two girls, Shaheen Dhada and Renu, were arrested over their Facebook post questioning the shutdown in Mumbai, an Indian city, for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray’s funeral with the comment also leading to an attack on the clinic of Dhada’s uncle by Sena activists.
Dhada was arrested after she posted comments on the social networking site opposing the shutdown in Mumbai. 86-year-old Thackeray was cremated on Saturday.
She allegedly said that one should not observe bandh for Thackeray’s funeral. “We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev,” the post said.
Dhada’s friend Renu was arrested for ‘liking’ the post.
“Police arrested both of them under section 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes). Today, they were granted bail,” their advocate Sudhir Gupta said.
The duo was arrested following a police complaint lodged by a local Sena leader.
After the comment was posted, a mob of nearly 40 Shiv Sainiks allegedly barged into Dhada’s uncles’s orthopaedic hospital at Palghar and torched the place yesterday.
However, no arrests were made in connection with the attack.
The arrests in neighbouring Thane on Sunday sparked an outrage with Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju on Monday demanding “immediate” action against police personnel involved. Congress said a police case against the girls was “unfortunate” and hoped Maharashtra government would take remedial measures.
In an e-mail to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Katju warned of “legal consequences” if he failed to take action against the police personnel concerned.