Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut on Tuesday justified the police action against the two girls from Palghar for their Facebook comments against the shutdown for its founder Bal Thackeray’s funeral. “Balasaheb’s death has been a shock to the entire nation. Sainiks showed tremendous restraint in controlling their emotions,” Mr. Raut told PTI.

“The bandh was spontaneous and not forced by the Sena. It was because of love and respect for Balasaheb. Shiv Sainiks were naturally upset at the misuse of the social media to post provocative comments,” he added.

Inquiry report expected tomorrow

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday said the report of inquiry, into the arrest of the two girls, is expected on Wednesday.

“The inquiry has begun and will look into whether the arrests were warranted and whether the sections applied were correct. Similarly, the probe will also investigate the incident of vandalism in the aftermath,” Home Minister R. R. Patil said.

The government instituted an inquiry headed by the Konkan range IG into the matter on Monday and sought a report immediately.

Mr. Patil said it would be wrong on his part to comment on the police action when the inquiry was on. The report of the IG level inquiry in the case is expected tomorrow, he said.

“Government has taken the incident very seriously,” he said, adding more clarity was required in the IT Act to prevent misuse.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters, “Let the report come, then action would be taken.”