Palghar boy detained for Facebook post against Raj Thackeray released

A 19-year-old boy detained by the police in Palghar near Mumbai for a derogatory Facebook post against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has been released this morning. The police said his Facebook account appeared to have been hacked and they are investigating this.

The brother of the boy, who is now back home in Palghar, has confirmed that the Facebook account belongs to him. But he said, “Someone must have trapped him. We are poor people. We cannot do such a thing after such a huge issue. He has not done.”

The teen was detained yesterday on a complaint filed by a local MNS student leader, who claimed that the boy had made vulgar comments about Raj Thackeray. A mob of MNS supporters reportedly surrounded the boy’s home and forcibly took him to the police station.

The police did not charge the teenager. He was questioned and later taken to a cyber-crime cell in Thane as the cops tread carefully in the case after having got much flak for the arrest of two young women last week, also in Palghar, for objecting to the shutdown of Mumbai on the day of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s cremation. Two Palghar policemen were suspended after an inquiry into those arrests following a nationwide outrage.

Raj Thackeray is Bal Thackeray’s nephew; he split from the Shiv Sena in 2006 and formed his own party, the MNS.

The Shiv Sena had called for a shutdown in Palghar yesterday in support of the policemen suspended for arresting the two girls. Because of the bandh, schools, colleges and markets remained closed. Bus services were limited. The courts were working, but not many people turned up. There was heavy police presence all around.

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