Sena bandh in Palghar total, peaceful

The suspension of two cops in connection with the arrest of two girls over a Facebook post criticising the shutdown during the funeral of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray has not gone down well with the party supporters who called for a bandh in Palghar town, Thane district.

The Palghar Bar Association had also called for a bandh in courts on Wednesday to protest against the transfer of the local Judicial Magistrate First Class who, according to them, had "promptly" granted bail for the two girls.

The girls Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan, both 21, were arrested after Dhada had lamented in a Facebook post the November 18 shutdown due to Thackeray's funeral. Shrinivasan had 'liked' the post. Though Dhada didn't name Thackeray, the local Sena leader complained against the girls and the police arrested them on November 19, sparking an outrage.

On November 20, the police arrested the vandals who had damaged Shaheen's uncle's hospital on November 18, though she had removed the post and apologised.

Commercial establishments, schools and colleges remained shut and vehicles remained off roads, party sources said.

The police said that no untoward incident has been reported so far. The Maharashtra government had on Tuesday suspended the two police officers, Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, Ravindra Sengaonkar and Senior Police Inspector Shrikant Pingle.

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