Probe into arrest of girls over Facebook comments

November 20, 2012 - 4:59:33 am

Mumbai: Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal yesterday ordered a probe into the arrest of a 21-year-old girl and her friend for posting comments on a social networking website on the shutdown in Mumbai after Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s death.

“An inquiry has been ordered in the case and a report will be submitted by the inspector general of the Konkan range on Saturday,” Dayal said.

Thane rural police on Sunday arrested Shaheen Dadha for questioning the shutdown in the city after Thackeray’s death on Saturday, and the subsequent shutdown on Sunday for his funeral and cremation. Another girl in Dadha’s friends’ list, who ‘liked’ the comment, was also arrested. An official from Palghar police station in Thane rural confirmed the arrests of the girls. The official said the girls were released on bail yesterday after they were presented in the local court.

Reports here said that both the girls were booked under the Indian Penal Code (for hurting religious sentiments) and the Information Technology Act, 2000. Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju yesterday criticised the arrests in strong words and requested Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to suspend the official who arrested the girls. “I received an email stating that the woman has been arrested for protesting on Facebook against the shutdown in Mumbai on the occasion of the death of Mr Bal Thackeray. It is alleged that she has been arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentiments,” Katju wrote. “Hence if the facts reported are correct, I request you to immediately order the suspension, arrest, chargesheeting and criminal prosecution of the police personnel who ordered as well as implemented the arrest of that woman,” 

Katju said. IANS