Uddhav Thackeray backs controversial poem
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray has backed a poem by a Mumbai police inspector on the riots at Mumbai's Azad Maidan last year that had sparked a controversy for being purportedly inflammatory.
Mumbia police has already apologised for the poem by Traffic inspector Sujata Patil published in its in-house magazine, that had called for the killing of Azad Maidan rioters, saying it had been published "inadvertently".
Defending the poem, Thackeray reportedly said, "Why should Sujata Patil not have the same freedom of speech that the two women from Palghar were supposed to have while opposing the shutdown of Mumbai on Facebook after Bal Thackeray's death?"
The leader, who has often faced flak for his divisive stance on issues, was referring to public outrage against the high-handed police action against two young women who had protested the shutdown of Mumbai roads for Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's funeral.