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Bowing to public pressure and criticism from the court, the Maharashtra government last month decided to drop sedition charge against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi for allegedly insulting national symbols.
"Filing a case against the girls is unfortunate and I hope Maharashtra government will correct it," Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said in Delhi. He, however, said a comment or two a couple of days later could have been alright since it was a "sensitive time" on the day of Thackeray's funeral.
Dikshit, at the same time, disapproved of the attack by the Sena activists.
Sudhir Gupta said the Facebook post at no place contains anything that insults anybody's religious feelings.
"If you see the entire post, it nowhere insults anybody's religious feelings," he added. Deven Bharti said the police probe will be conducted by Special IG of Konkan range Sukhwinder Singh.
"We have ordered an inquiry....if any further action needs to be taken the probe team will decide and send a report. On this report we will act," he added.
"There were two major issues. We have asked him(Singh) to inquire whatever has been written, whether it qualifies for an offence. Second, even if the offence is registered, why the arrests were made, and under which circumstances were the arrests made," he said.
Dr Abdul Yusuf Dhada, whose hospital was ransacked, said he has suffered heavy financial losses.
With the police coming under attack, Investigating Officer Shrikant Pingle said anybody can comment on Facebook. "But one should make good comments which doesn't hurt others' sentiments," he added.
Also on Social Network:
Zafar Mehdi: People like Bal Thackeray don't rest in peace, they rust in pieces! Okay fine, I am going to jail now, whoever wants to give me some company there, like this.
Bisma Malik: "People like Bal Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that"... (copy and paste this comment to show your solidarity with a young woman in Bombay who has been harrassed by the police and the Shiv Sena for posting this as her status update on FB.