While the rest of the nation may be outraged over the arrest of two girls over their Facebook posts on the day of Bal Thackeray‘s demise, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has justified the police action saying that the law had taken its course.
“The law has taken its course… the Facebook post was about a great leader of Maharashtra,” Raut was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.
The Shiv Sena MP while justifying the arrest of the 21-year-old and her friend in Palghar in Thane district, said the party activists had a right to react to her Facebook post.
The defiant Sena leader said that if Shahin and Renu had the right of expression, the Shiv Sainiks too had the right to retaliate.
“It was not a bandh called by Shiv Sena, but people voluntarily shut down their businesses. I support the police action (against the girls). If there is right to expression, there is also the right to give its reaction. Because of such people Mumbai has got tense and witnessed several riots,” Raut was quoted as saying in an India Today report.
The two girls, who were arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by a local Shiv Sena activist, were subsequently released on bail by a local court. The police has arrested nine persons for their alleged involvement in the attack on the girl’s uncle’s clinic. It wasn’t revealed whether they were Shiv Sena activists.