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Case against 2 girls in FB row to be closed: police

Posted on Nov 29, 10:19PM | UNI

The Maharashtra police today finally decided to drop the case against the two girls, who were arrested over a Facebook post criticising shutdown during Shiv Sena chief late Bal Thackeray's funeral on November 18.

Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal told media persons that 'No chargesheet will be filed in the case of arrest of two girls from Palghar. There will be a closure report.' The closure report in a case is usually filed by police before the court concerned when investigators conclude that no case is made out against the accused.

Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan, both 21, were arrested after Dhada had lamented in a Facebook post the November 18 shut down due to Thackeray's funeral.

Shrinivasan had 'liked' the post. The two were later granted bail.

Though Dhada did not name Thackeray, a local Sena leader complained against the girls and police arrested the duo on November 19, sparking an outrage.

On November 20, police arrested the vandals who had damaged Shaheen's uncle's hospital on November 18, despite her removing the post and apologising that day itself.

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday had suspended the two police officers, superintendent of police (Thane rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and senior police inspector Shrikant Pingle, for arresting the girls.

A 'bandh' was observed at Palghar town in adjoining Thane district yesterday, following a call by Shiv Sena against suspension of the two police officers.