Mumbai: A 21-year-old girl, who posted comments against Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray on social networking website Facebook, was arrested by the police. A friend of the girl was also arrested for liking the anti-Thackeray comment by the police in connection with the case.
However, the girl and her friend were later released on bail after they were produced before a local court. The girl hails from Palghar in Thane district of Maharashtra.
A clinic belonging to the girl's uncle was vandalised by Shiv Sainiks who took offence to the girl's Facebook update. While the girl was summoned to the police station and arrested after questioning, the police have only registered an FIR against unknown people for vandalising the hospital.
Meanwhile, the arrest of the girl and her friend has evoked sharp reactions from various corners. Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan calling the act of the police undemocratic.
Justice Katju said that the arresting the girl was undemocratic and demanded that action be taken against the policemen who arrested her.
The girl was arrested on Sunday after she posted the comments on Facebook opposing the shutdown. She allegedly said that one should not observe bandh for Thackeray's funeral. "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev," the post said.
"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 complaint lodged by a local Sena leader.
(With Additional Inputs from PTI)