I did not post on Raj Thackeray, FB account was hacked: Palghar boy

Sunil Vishwakarma, a 19-year-old resident of Palghar in Thane district detained for posting ‘abusive’ comments against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on his Facebook page, was released this morning.

The police has said his Facebook account appeared to have been hacked and they are investigating who did it to put up the post and a case has been registered against an unknown person.

Vishwakarma maintains that he never wrote the controversial post but believes it was written to create enmity in Palghar where a large number of North Indians live, reported IBNLive.

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"I never wrote that comment. A friend came asking me in the morning about what I wrote. I couldn't even check. It's sad the way things have happened in the past couple of days. A lot of the people in this area are North Indians. Perhaps the post was purposely put to create enmity by someone who hacked into my account," the boy said.

He was questioned about the post and let off on Wednesday after the MNS complained. A case has been filed against an unknown person under the IT act.

Vishwakarma had accessed his own Facebook account last on Monday, while the comment on fake account was posted the next day.

“Vishwakarma is helping us. We have registered a case against unidentified person,” Additional Superintendent of Police, Thane, S Nishandar told PTI.

The teen was detained on a complaint filed by a local MNS student leader, who claimed that the boy had made “vulgar” comments about Raj Thackeray. A group of MNS supporters reportedly surrounded the boy’s home and forcibly took him to the police station.

However, the police did not charge the teenager with any crime. He was questioned and later taken to a cyber-crime cell in Thane as the police exercised caution after their mishandling of the recent case against two girls for a Facebook post on Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

Kundan Sankhe, president of Thane rural unit of the MNS, has claimed the boy had made “vulgar” comments about Raj Thackeray, and the people of Maharashtra, including women.

“Our Thane rural district MNS student wing president Bhavish complained to police and asked them to investigate the matter. Police are questioning that person,” he said.

In the case of Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan, the two girls were arrested for posting a comment on Facebook that Mumbai should not have shut down on account of Bal Thackeray‘s death. Shaheen had posted the comment on Facebook, while Rinu had ‘liked’ the comment.

The two policemen who undertook the arrests of the two girls have been suspended while the local magistrate who had granted the two girls bail on a surety of Rs 15,000 has been transferred. The Shiv Sena had called for a shutdown in Palghar yesterday in support of the suspended policemen.

Meanwhile, a Delhi student has now filed a PIL in the Supreme Court challenging Section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act which was invoked to arrest the girls. The petition wants the offence to be made non-cognizable.

Updated Date: Nov 29, 2012 14:47 PM

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