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Updated: November 21, 2012 00:00 IST

FB post: 10 Sainiks arrested for hospital attack

Mumbai Bureau
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An orthopaedic hospital at Palghar was ransacked by Shiv Sena supporters on Sunday night. The hospital belongs to Dr Abdul Dhada, uncle of Shaheen Dhada who was arrested for writing a comment on Facebook which questioned Mumbai bandh following Bal Thackeray's death.
The Hindu An orthopaedic hospital at Palghar was ransacked by Shiv Sena supporters on Sunday night. The hospital belongs to Dr Abdul Dhada, uncle of Shaheen Dhada who was arrested for writing a comment on Facebook which questioned Mumbai bandh following Bal Thackeray's death.

The Thane district rural police on Tuesday arrested 10 shiv sainiks for vandalising the orthopaedic hospital run by the uncle of one of the women who were arrested for posting a comment on Facebook.

The police had faced criticism from all quarters over the arrest of two young women on charges of “promoting enmity between classes” by posting Facebook status message and opposing the bandh that followed after the natural death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. All 10 shiv sainiks were presented before the local court in Palghar in the neighbouring Thane district, where they were released on bail.

Following the outcry against the police action and two letters sent by Press Council of India chairperson Markandey Katju, calling the arrests illegal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had to assure that he would act on the matter once he received the report from the Maharashtra Director-General of Police Sanjeev Dayal. “I have instructed an inquiry to be conducted by a very senior officer [Director-General of Police] immediately. I will act as soon as I receive the report,” said Mr. Chavan.

Mr. Katju on Monday had sent two letters to Mr. Chavan asking immediate action of suspension against the police officers who ordered and implemented the action against two young women. He had even questioned the chief minister as whether freedom of speech guaranteed by Article 19(1) (a), exist in Maharashtra.

Mr. Chavan on Tuesday responded to both the letters, stating the matter would be inquired and the report will be ready within two days. “The state government has taken the matter in all seriousness and strict action will be taken against the defaulting personnel, in case a default is established in the enquiry,” stated the letter sent by Mr. Chavan.

Earlier, 10 of the shiv sainiks who were allegedly the part of the angry mob which vandalised the hospital were arrested by the police on Tuesday. “They were charged with the sections of 336, 427 and 452 of Indian Penal Code. Since, they vandalised the hospital they were also charged with the Criminal Law Amendment Act and other sections of rioting,” said Ravindra Sengaonkar, Superintendent of Poice, Thane rural. However, all the accused were later released on bail, after they were produced in the local court.

Bichu Muttathara is wrong. Is Bombay resilient or scared of goon-
politicians like Bal Thakeray? Was there a referendum when the name of
the city was arbitrarily changed from Bombay to Mumbai? Where were the
upright Bombayites, when Thakeray lead movements to "throw out" people
from Kerala, Tamilnadu & Bihar? What about the dozens of unnecessary
strikes and bandhs that have brought the city to it's knees? Did the
people of Bombay protest that?

I know Bombay. People are smart, enterprising, and upwardly mobile.
They are also the "Bindaas" people, who couldn't care less unless they
were affected in some way. In fact they are so scared of the hired
goons that most times they look the other way when the city has a
bandh, hartal, or communal tension.

from:  Mohan Narayanan
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 18:09 IST

I have become scared of sharing my views following watchdog scenario of our comments. Most people are now uneasy expressing their views. very sad- our country has mobocracy not democracy! Its time supreme court takes cognizance of the recent FIRS based on social media comments and enlighten us hapless citizens.

from:  sunil
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 18:03 IST

I will refrain from commenting anything on this,cos i fear..!

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 14:25 IST

2 girls arrested for Facebook posts. These are often known as 'bargain
cases' or 'accommodation cases' where police buy peace from potential
rioters in exchange of filling FIR and for arresting the culprits
against the opposite party.
On this Palghar Facebook case the bargain seems as under:
YP Singh:
1. File non-bailable FIR by over-stretching laws and arrest the 2 girls
for the Facebook post.
2. Dilute counter FIR against Sainiks by registering the riot case with
unknown accused even though as pet instructions in the police manual
names of accused if known are required to be written..
3. Sainiks will guarantee peace and would maintain law and order.

In other words, human rights of 2 innocent girls were sacrificed at the
altar of expediency.

from:  Mani V
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 14:17 IST

I respect the way The Hindu covered everything from begining of Thakrey's death and justice katju's article yesterday. What message is passed to young generation of our nation to select our role model. Is Mr. Thakre is greater than Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev?

from:  vijay bohara
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 14:14 IST

The Shiv Sena has always resorted to violence to meet their ends.
The regional divide which the Sena creates is harmful for today's
India. Strict action should be taken against those who did this
shameful act. The girls should not have apologized but may be they
were forced to do so. Shiv Sainiks should know that they are not
above law and are liable to face strict legal consequences.

from:  Manas
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 14:07 IST

In Palghar incident resulting in the arrest of Shaheen and Renu, it is apparent that the Maharashtra Police has been grossly misunderstood. The Police have acted only on the basis of a private complaint lodged by some aggrieved citizens. May be they have reacted instantly, but in case of no action or delay, the police would have been blamed of inaction. Most importantly, those who criticize the Mumbaikars for no reasons ought to remember that in no other parts of the country such a huge assembly of people stricken with grief would have gone so peacefully and without any untoward incident. Then that is Mumbai - an unbeatable metro regardless of the negative comments and insinuations of the people who hardly know anything of Mumbai. I appreciate Mumbaikars for their enormous resilience and endless courage during such testing times.

from:  Bichu Muttathara
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 13:56 IST

We Indians clamour for international respect for being the largest
democracy in the world. Don't incidents such as this make us a laughing
stock before the world, and make our democratic claims hollow?
Democracy is based on concepts such as equal respect for every citizen,
rule of the law, freedom of expression etc. Look at what is happening
in Mumbai. The opposite of what should be happening in a democracy.

from:  Babu
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 13:44 IST

The victims should not take it lying down. They should file cases against the SS and police for criminal intimidation and wrongful arrest. Bowing to mob influence is unfortunate

from:  Badari Narayanan
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 13:43 IST

To recapture it ,it will be seen that the arrestof the girls who tweeted preceded the arrest of the people who vandalised..the second noted arrest took place very much after public outcry etc. Shiv Sena leadership has nothing to do with the vandalism just as everyone seems to have been convinced or reconciled to the fact that Salman Khurshid did not have anything to do with violence during Kejriwal's visit to his pocket or Pondicherry govt/Congress did have nothing to do with arrest of tweeter who posted his views about Mr. Chidambaram's son or just as till today also Congress is not publicised continuously for killing of Sikhs in Delhi following Ms. Gandhi's killing just as NarendraModi is being focused for Godhra riots.So much for perceptions&media's so called professionalism or impartality.

from:  T.K.P.Naig
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 13:16 IST

Shiv Sainiks held !! What for? They did what they have been taught by
their masters and they are playing with the law everyday. Maharashtra
police should pay them respect for the thing they have done. Two girls
were arrested by the police for expressing themselves and they were
charged with panic creator and hate speech. I am surprised what Bal &
Raj have been doing in Mumbai. I think as per the Mumbai Law, they
have been creating peace & harmony so far by their speeches. I don't
understand why I should look outside for my country's enemy when its
mass production lies in my country itself.

from:  Mannu
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012 at 12:47 IST
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