Shiv Sena calls for shutdown in Palghar following suspension of police officers in Facebook arrest case
The Shiv Sena called for a 'Palghar-Bandh' (Shutdown) on Wednesday in protest against the Maharashtra Government's decision to suspend two police officers in connection with their role in the Facebook post arrest case.
Condemning the state government for taking action against the police personnel, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the party would raise this issue during the upcoming assembly session in December.
"The governments has taken the decision under pressure, it may be the pressure from the Centre, or companies like Facebook. The government has hurt the morale of the police, and now, the police will not take any action in such cases in the name of freedom of expression," said Raut.
"The police had taken that action to avoid tension and save the girls and their families from the wrath of the people who were hurt by their comments. The girls and their families had accepted it. We will raise the issue in upcoming assembly session in December," he added.
Yesterday, the Maharashtra Government suspended a Superintendent of Police (SP) and an inspector of the Palghar police station, who had arrested two girls over their comments on Facebook over Mumbai shutdown for Bal Thackeray's funeral a week ago.
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had said that the incident occurred due to a misunderstanding of the IT Act and added that the state administration will ask the CentralGgovernment to make it clearer. The minister also rubbished speculation of the Shiv Sena pressurising the police to carry out the arrest order, saying that a case was made only on the basis of a misunderstanding of the IT Act.