FB row: Case against 2 girls to be dropped

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 18:40 hrs

The Maharashtra Police on Thursday said they have decided to drop the case against two girls, who were arrested for their Facebook posts on Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's funeral.

"No chargesheet is going to be filed in connection to the case," Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal said.

The police will file a closure report, he said.

On Tuesday, the Maharashtra government suspended two police officers in connection to the arrests of the two girls from Palghar in Thane district for making a Facebook comment that questioned the shutdown in the city for 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.

The Bombay High Court, meanwhile, transferred magistrate RG 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.

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

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.

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.

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