Mumbai: A man has been questioned by the Mumbai police on Wednesday for allegedly posting derogatory remark against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Facebook. Sources say the police are yet to lodge an FIR in the case after the youth identified as Sunil Vishwakarma allegedly posted derogatory remark against the MNS chief.
Police sources say that after the initial enquiry, the Facebook account was found to be a fake and the account has been deactivated now. The police are trying to ascertain who created the account.
The first comments were posted on Monday. Sources say that no formal complaint or arrest has been made so far. The man Vishawakarma was only questioned by the police and has not been detained, sources say.
Earlier, a bandh was on Wednesday observed in Palghar town in adjoining Thane district following a call by Shiv Sena against suspension of two senior police officers in connection with the arrest of two girls over a Facebook post, criticising shutdown during Bal Thackeray's funeral.
Commercial establishments, schools and colleges at Palghar remained shut and there was no vehicular traffic in the town, party sources said. No untoward incident was reported so far, police said. The Palghar Bar Association had also called for a bandh in the courts today to protest the transfer of the local Judicial Magistrate First Class (JFMC) who had "promptly" granted bail to the two girls.
The girls, both 21, were arrested after one of them had lamented in a Facebook post the November 18 shutdown due to Thackeray's funeral and her friend had 'liked' the post. Though the girl didn't name Thackeray, the local Sena leader complained against the girls and police arrested the duo on November 19, sparking an outrage.
On November 20, police arrested the vandals who had damaged one of the girls' uncle's hospital on November 18, despite her removing the post and apologising that day itself. Maharashtra government had on Tuesday suspended the two police officers, SP (Thane rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and senior police inspector Shrikant Pingle.