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FB comment : 9 arrested for vandalising woman's uncle's clinic

Posted on Nov 20, 10:06PM | UNI

Nine people, allegedly Shiv Sainiks, were arrested today after they attacked an Orthopaedic clinic at Palghar, after two women posted on Facebook questioning the logic behind Maharashtra's shutdown on Sunday--the day of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's funeral.

Shiv Sena workers allegedly vandalised the clinic of one of the women's uncle breaking window panes, damaged equipment and ripped out wash basins and beds at Palghar yesterday.

On Sunday, the 21-year-old Mumbai woman shared her views on the shutdown of the city as Thackeray's funeral was being held. Her friend 'liked' her post. At 1030 hrs on Monday, they were arrested. They were then ordered by a court to serve 14 days in jail and, hours later, were allowed out on bail after paying two bonds of Rs 15,000 each.

The woman had posted, 'Respect is earned, not given and definitely not forced. Today Mumbai shuts down due to fear and not due to respect'. A local Shiv Sena leader Bhushan Sankhe filed a police complaint and cops from the Palghar police station, located two and a half hours away from Mumbai, arrested her and her friend.

The Maharashtra Police has ordered an inquiry, to be led by Sukhwinder Singh, Special Inspector General of Konkan range, into the arrest of the young women.

Within hours of the arrest, Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju, demanded 'immediate' action against the police personnel who arrested the women. In an e-mail to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan sent on Monday afternoon, Mr Katju, a former Supreme Court Judge, warned of 'legal consequences' if the Chief Minister failed to act.

About five hours later, having not got a response, he emailed Mr Chavan again, this time telling him the 'nation wants to know what action you have taken... Please realise that silence is not an option for you.'