Anti-Bal Thackeray comment: Shiv Sena ignites controversy

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Bal Thackeray, Shaheen controversy over FB
Mumbai, Nov 20: Days after Bal Thackeray's demise, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday, Nov 20 ignited controversy over Shaheen Dhada and her friend's arrest.

Supporting the move taken by Maharashtra police, Raut asserted, "We support the police's action. The Facebook comments could have led to a law and order situation."

Dhada committed the "crime" by writing on Facebook wall, "With all respect, every day, thousands of people die, but still the world moves on Just due to one politician died a natural death, everyone just goes bonkers."

"They should know, we are resilient by force, not by choice. When was the last time, did anyone showed some respect or even a two-minute silence for Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Azad, Sukhdev or any of the people because of whom we are free-living Indians? Respect is earned, given, and definitely not forced. Today, Mumbai shuts down due to fear, not due to respect," added Dhada.

Dhada's friend, who has been identified as Renu, "liked" her comment and landed in the legal trouble. The two young ladies were booked under Section 295(a) of the IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 64(a) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. They were later granted bail on surety of Rs 15,000 each. Shaheen, it was said, withdrew her comment and apologised before the vandalism took place.

However, after facing legal fuss and harassment, Dhada later retracted from her earlier view on the Shiv Sena supremo and said, "I would like to apologise. He (Bal Thackeray) was a great man." In order to avoid any further trouble, Dhada deleted her Facebook account on Tuesday.

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