Arrest of Palghar girls irk Congress ministers

Mumbai: The arrest of two girls in neighbouring Palghar area over a remark posted on Facebook following Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's death evoked a sharp reaction from Congress ministers at the Maharashtra cabinet's meeting today.

Congress sources said the party Ministers alleged that police arrested Shaheen Dhada and her friend Renu Srinivasan (both were later released) under the pressure of local Shiv Sena workers.

 Arrest of Palghar girls irk Congress ministers

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The home portfolio in the state is held by NCP. Although the comment on the Facebook was a general opinion and not derogatory, the police, under pressure from Shiv Sena, arrested the girls and registered a case under irrelevant sections of IPC, Minister Nitin Raut said at the meeting.

Raut demanded strong action against the police officers. Fellow Congress Ministers Naseem Khan and Varsha Gaikwad echoed the demand, sources said.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that probe had been ordered and report was expected soon; action would be taken if the officers had erred, sources added.

Dhada had questioned shutting down of Mumbai in the aftermath of Thackeray's death in her comment. The arrest led to outrage across the country.

PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 21, 2012 21:03:25 IST