FB comment row: Two cops suspended

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 18:59 hrs

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday suspended two police officers in connection to the arrests of two girls in Mumbai for making a comment on social networking site Facebook that questioned the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's funeral.

Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said Superintendent of Police (Thane rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and Senior Police Inspector Shrikant Pingle have been suspended in connection to the incident.

"There was no need to charge the girls under wrong sections," Patil said.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court has transferred magistrate R G Bagade to Jalgaon district in Maharashtra.

Bagade had sent the girls to judicial custody and later granted them bail.

The registrar of the high court had issued the transfer order on Monday.

Two girls were arrested in Maharashtra´s Thane district over the Facebook comment.

Shaheen Dhada was arrested earlier this month for posting a comment against the shutdown, while another girl was arrested for ´liking´ it.

The girls were later granted bail.

Shiv Sena workers vandalised an orthopaedic hospital of Dhada´s uncle after she posted the comment.

Several persons have been arrested for vandalizing the hospital, said reports.

However, the Shiv Sena defended the police action of arresting two girls.

They said any comments against Bal Thackeray would not be tolerated.

Pertinently, the post that sparked a controversy said instead of shutting down Mumbai for Thackeray´s death, "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev - two martyrs of India's independence."

The arrests were made under Section 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The girls were arrested after a Shiv Sena leader filed a complaint against them.

More from Sify: