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New Facebook post controversy: Man detained for 'abusing' Raj Thackeray

Even before the ambers of the old Facebook post controversy have had a chance to die out, a new fire has erupted after a 19-year-old Palghar resident was detained for allegedly posting "abusive" comments against MNS chief Raj Thackeray and the people of Maharashtra on the social networking site, police said.

On a day when a bandh was observed in Palghar near Mumbai in Maharashtra's Thane district, a man identified as Sunil Vishwakarma had to face the wrath of an angry MNS mob for a Facebook post that allegedly targetted Raj Thackeray. The mob of gathered outside his home and took him to the Palghar police station.

According to reports, he hasn't been charged yet since a cautious police force are seeking legal advice after their hasty decisions against two girls on November 17 for protesting shutdown in Mumbai for Bal Thackeray's funeral led to two police officers being suspended.

"We have received a complaint against a person that he posted some objectionable comments against Raj Thackeray on Facebook. We are questioning him as we do not want to repeat the same mistakes committed a few days ago," an officer at Palghar police station told PTI, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The boy has not been charged and police have sought legal opinion, he said. Meanwhile, 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.

Raj Thackeray
Raj Thackeray. File Pic

The Shiv Sena has called for a shutdown in Palghar today in support of the policemen suspended for arresting the two girls. The bandh has so far been successful. 

No untoward incident was reported so far, police said. The Palghar Bar Association had also called for a bandh in the courts today to protest the transfer of the local Judicial Magistrate First Class (JFMC) who had "promptly" granted bail to the two girls.

The girls Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan, both 21, were arrested after Dhada had lamented in a Facebook post the November 18 shutdown due to Thackeray's funeral. Shrinivasan had 'liked' the post.

Though Dhada didn't name Thackeray, the local Sena leader complained against the girls and police arrested the duo on November 19, sparking an outrage.

On November 20, police arrested the vandals who had damaged Shaheen's uncle's hospital on November 18, despite her removing the post and apologising that day itself.

Maharashtra government had yesterday suspended the two police officers, SP (Thane rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and senior police inspector Shrikant Pingle.

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