Police let off boy detained for ‘abusive’ FB post on Raj

Sunil Vishwakarma (19) of Thane, detained on suspicion of posting an "objectionable" Facebook comment on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, was let off after police found a "fake account" was created in his name.

"Sunil is cooperating and was allowed to go Wednesday night after initial questioning. He is not involved in the case," a senior police officer said.

Police are treading cautiously in the matter against the backdrop of suspension of two senior Palghar officers for arresting two girls for another FB post lamenting Mumbai shutdown during funeral of Sena chief Bal Thackeray on November 18.

Sunil has not been charged and police have sought legal opinion, a Palghar police officer said.

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

Additional superintendent of police S Nishandar told PTI late Wednesday night probe revealed a fake account was created in the name of Sunil and the "objectionable" comments posted.

Sunil last accessed his FB account on Monday, while the comment was posted the next day, he said.

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