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Angry Shiv Sena protests against Facebook images of Bal Thackeray

Party workers vented their ire on the streets after they took offence to some pictures of Maratha king Shivaji and their founder Bal Thackeray on Facebook, on Saturday

An FIR has been registered against an unidentified person for posting controversial pictures containing alleged derogatory references to warrior king Shivaji and Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray on social networking site Facebook, police said today.

Late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. File pic
Late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. File pic

The FIR was registered against the person on Saturday night under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and relevant sections of the IT Act, an official at Mulund police station told PTI.

After spotting the Facebook posts which contained the alleged derogatory references, Shiv Sena activist Avinash Bagal complained at the police station yesterday. According to sources, the Cyber Cell of the Mumbai Police had, with the help of Facebook administration, blocked one account, which contained objectionable pictures last night.

However, a second Facebook account had been created by an unidentified person, which was also blocked by police with the help of the social networking site. Shiv Sainiks staged protests in Pune and its surrounding localities late on Saturday, and on Sunday, pelted stones at buses in anger over the Facebook posts.

About eight buses were damaged in the incidents, as the Sena activists took to the streets. In 2012, two girls were arrested over a controversial Facebook post on Thackeray.

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