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Girl who posted Thackeray comment: Will NEVER visit FB again

Last updated on: November 20, 2012 15:18 IST

One of the two girls who were arrested for posting comments questioning the shutdown in the city over Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray's funeral on Tuesday said she will never again visit the social networking site.

Shaheen Dhada and Renu were arrested for posting comments opposing the Mumbai shutdown. However, they were granted bail after they furnished personal bonds, said the police.

"So far, we have arrested nine people in connection with ransacking the clinic of Abdul Dhada. We are looking for some more people," said Superintendent of Police, Thane rural, Ravindra Sengaokar.

Shaheen said the police was polite to her and she had no complaints against any police personnel.

"I have apologised for the post," she said, adding that whatever happened was unfair.

Shaheen said she would never use the social media network henceforth. She had no comments to offer on whether she had done anything wrong.

Shaheen described Thackeray as a "great guy" whom she "truly respected".

Shaheen had allegedly commented on Facebook that one should not observe a bandh for Thackeray's funeral. "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev," the post said.

Her friend Renu, who was arrested for 'liking' the post, felt that she was "wrongfully" arrested.

Renu said, "I regret what I did. This should not have happened. I never dreamt that I would be in court. What we did was not a crime. Now I will think twice before posting anything on Facebook."

She further said, "The arrest was not necessary. Police treated us well. I was amazed at what was happening to me."

Their advocate Sudhir Gupta said both were arrested under Section 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) following a police complaint lodged by a local Sena leader.

After the comment was posted, a mob of nearly 40 Shiv Sainiks allegedly barged into Dhada's uncle's clinic at Palghar in Thane district on Sunday and vandalised the place.

Police sources said an FIR has been registered against more than 50 people, including some Shiv Sainiks, who have been named in the report following the attack.

Also, a probe has been ordered into whether the contents of the Facebook post constituted an offence and why the arrests were made, said Maharashtra Police's Inspector General, Law and Order, Deven Bharti.

Abdul Dhada, whose clinic was ransacked, said, "They have posted the police for our security because what has gone wrong should not happen again. We don't have any complaint against anybody and the treatment we received from the police station is absolutely fine".

He said both the girls were detained on security grounds and later arrested.

"I have lost heavily, including my practice," he said, adding that local people have supported him.

To a question on what he felt regarding the incident, Dr Dhada said he had faith in the police and may be they acted under pressure.

"We don't know the laws," he said.

The arrests had sparked an outrage, with Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju demanding immediate action against police personnel involved.

In an e-mail to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Katju warned of legal consequences if he failed to take action against the police personnel concerned.

Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said he was "deeply saddened" by the arrest of the two girls and that the IT Act should not be used to "throttle dissent".

Union Minister of State for IT Milind Deora has sought an independent inquiry into the girls' arrest.

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