Two cops suspended, magistrate shifted for Facebook arrests

Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan

Patil said SP Shengaokar was placed under suspension for disobeying his superiors including the Inspector General of Police and Additional Director General of Police, who had advised against arresting the girls.

Inspector Pingle has invited action for charging them under wrong sections and preparing faulty records, he said, adding necessary legal advice would be obtained on the question of use of the section pertaining to IT Act and workshops would be organised for the police force to check its misuse.

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had ordered an inquiry by IG (Konkan Range) Sukhvindar Singh into the incident.

In his report to the state's DGP Sanjeev Dayal, Singh had indicted policemen involved in initiating action against the girls and observed that the arrests could have been avoided.

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