FB status row: Mumbai rebuffs arrests of women

Palghar

Amit Desai said, "The women were not affiliated to any political party and their critisism was mainly directed at the bandh. Their act does not amount to an offence."

Quoting Voltaire, Minister of State Milind Deora tweeted, "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise."

Musician Vishal Dadlani said, "It is a bizarre state of affair. People who post their views online are being arrested whereas corrupt and vandals roam the streets. Are we not free to have an opinion?"

Sunday

6.45 pm: Shaheen Dhada posts a Facebook status saying there was no need for a bandh for Balasaheb Thackeray's funeral. Her friend Renu Srinivas 'likes' it

7 pm: Shaheen's uncle Dr Abdul Dhada starts getting calls from all over Palghar

8 pm: A large mob gathers outside the Dhada residence. Shaheen apologises but is dragged to Palghar police station. Renu is also brought there. Shiv Sena Palghar city president Bhushan Sankhe insists on pressing charges

Monday

2 Am: Shaheen and Renu are allowed to go home after being detained for nearly four hours

7 Am: Police reach the girls' residences. Question them

10 Am: Shaheen, Renu produced in court

2 pm: Bail granted on surety of Rs 15,000 each

Curb your enthusiasm

In March, film maker Sanjay Gupta earned the wrath of Mumbai Police after he allegedly got a letterhead resembling Mumbai Police Commissionerate's designed as an invite for a promotional event. The court observed that the police had lost their sense of humour and showed "over-enthusiasm".

A city which claims to have a liberal culture, had to face the establishment after 150 patrons of a south Mumbai pub LIV were huddled in nine police vans and made to suffer at police station through the night. The Mumbai police claimed that they acted on a 'tip-off' and took action against the patrons as the place was open beyond the stipulated time of 1.30 am.

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