Boy detained over 'abusive' FB comment on Raj Thackeray let off

Published: 29 November, 2012 12:25 IST | Agencies |

Palghar boy, who was detained for having allegedly posted an 'abusive' Facebook comment on Raj Thackeray, was let off today after police found that a "fake account" was used by some person in the teenager's name

A 19-year-old boy from Palghar, detained on suspicion of posting an 'objectionable' Facebook comment against MNS chief Raj Thackeray, was let off after police found that a "fake account" was used by some persons in the teenager's name.

"Sunil Vishwakarma is cooperating with us in the case and was allowed to go last night after initial questioning. He is no where involved in the case," a senior police officer said.

Police had picked up the boy after receiving a complaint alleging that he had posted some "objectionable" comment on Raj Thackeray on the social networking site.

According to police, a "fake account" was used by an unidentified person in the teenager's name and a case was being registered in this regard.

Police are treading cautiously in the matter against the backdrop of suspension of two senior officers from Palghar for arresting two girls in connection with a Facebook post lamenting the shutdown in Mumbai on the day of Bal Thackeray's funeral on November 18.

The boy has not been charged and police have sought legal opinion, an officer from Palghar police station had said last night on condition of anonymity.

Thane (Rural) unit MNS president Kundan Sankhe had claimed that the boy had made "abusive" comments about Raj Thackeray and the people of Maharashtra, including women.

Late in the night, Additional Superintendent of Police, Thane, S Nishandar said that as per the probe, some unidentified person created a fake account in the name of Vishwakarma and posted objectionable comment about Thackeray and Maharashtrians in his name.

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

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