Facebook controversy: Shiv Sena shuts down Palghar
Thane: Maharashtra's Palghar town and surrounding areas remained shut on Wednesday in response to a call by the Shiv Sena to oppose the suspension of the two police officials who had arrested two girls for their Facebook comments on Bal Thackeray's death.
The shutdown call evoked a near-total response in the industrial town, around 100 km north-west of the state capital Mumbai in Thane district, officials said.
Two girls from Palghar, Shaheen Dadha and her friend Renu Srinivasan, had questioned on Facebook the shutdown after the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray November 17 and also the following day when he was cremated in Mumbai. They were arrested by two police officials, who were placed under suspension on Tuesday.
GR Patil, a resident of the town with a population of around 200,000, said the shutdown evoked total response, paralysing public transport, trade and business activities.
After the girls' comments on Facebook, suspected Shiv Sena activists lodged a police complaint against the girls and also vandalised a hospital owned by Shaheen's uncle.