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FB post arrests: Thane SP suspended

Posted on Nov 28, 10:45AM | UNI

The Maharashtra government today finally took action against police officers and suspended them for the arrest of two girls for Facebook posts against the Mumbai shutdown on November 18, a day after Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray died.

Two police officers, including the Thane Superintendent of Police Ravindra Sengaokar, have been suspended pending departmental inquiry, sources in the state police headquarter's office said. This was later announced here this afternoon by Home Minister R R Patil.

Mr Patil said a letter of displeasure has been issued to Additional Superintendent of police Sangram Nishandar. 'The IG (Konkan Range) had informed them that the arrest was not needed, but they still went ahead with it. We are planning to train our forces so that they can understand the nuances of the IT Act,' Mr Patil said.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court had transferred the judge who sent two girls to judicial custody, and granted them bail on a bond of Rs 15,000 each last week.

First class judicial magistrate Ramchandra Bagade was transferred to Jalgaon from Palghar with immediate effect.

An inquiry report on the arrest of two girls for their Facebook comments against the Mumbai shutdown called by Shiv Sena has indicted the policemen for initiating action and observed that the arrests could have been avoided.