Shaheen Dhada and Renu were arrested for posting comments opposing the Mumbai shutdown. However, they were granted bail after they furnished personal bonds, police said.
"So far, we have arrested nine persons in connection with ransacking the clinic of Abdul Dhada. We are looking for some more people," SP Thane rural Ravindra Sengaokar said.
Shaheen said police was polite to her and she had no complaints against any police personnel."I have apologised for the post," she said adding that whatever happened was unfair.
However, Shaheen said she would never use the social media network henceforth. She had no comments to offer on whether she had done anything wrong. She described Thackeray as a "great guy" whom she "truly respected".
Shaheen had allegedly commented on Facebook that one should not observe bandh for Thackeray's funeral. "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev," the post said.
Her friend Renu, who was arrested for 'liking' the post, felt that she was "wrongfully" arrested.
Renu said, "I regret what I did. This should not have happened. I never dreamt that I would be in court. What we did was not a crime. Now I will think twice before posting anything on Facebook."
She further said, "The arrest was not necessary. Police treated us well. I was amazed at what was happening to me."
Their advocate Sudhir Gupta said both were arrested under section 505(2) IPC (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) following a police complaint lodged by a local Sena leader.
After the comment was posted, a mob of nearly 40 Shiv Sainiks allegedly barged into Dhada's uncle's clinic at Palghar in Thane district on Sunday and vandalised the place.
Police sources said an FIR has been registered against more than 50 people including some Shiv Sainiks who have been named in the report following the attack.
Also, a probe has been ordered into whether the contents of the Facebook post constituted an offence and even if the offence was registered why were the arrests made, Maharashtra Police's IG (Law and Order) Deven Bharti said.
Abdul Dhada, whose clinic was ransacked, said, "For our security they have posted the police because what has gone wrong should not happen again...We don't have any complaint against anybody and treatment we received from the police station is absolutely fine".
He said both the girls were detained on security grounds and later arrested.
"I have lost heavily, including my practice," he said, adding that local people have supported him.
To a question what he felt regarding the incident, Dr Dhada said he had faith in police and may be they acted under pressure. "We don't know the laws."
The arrests had sparked an outrage with Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju demanding "immediate" action against police personnel involved.
In an e-mail to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Katju warned of "legal consequences" if he failed to take action against the police personnel concerned.
Congress said a police case against the girls was "unfortunate" and hoped Maharashtra government would take remedial measures.
Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal has said he was "deeply saddened" by the arrest of the two girls and that the IT Act should not be used to "throttle dissent".
Union Minister of State for IT Milind Deora said, "There is a need for an independent inquiry into the girls' arrest".
Bal Thackery led people from other relogions to speak against Hindus and he was involved in killing of countless Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Parsis. I am sure for the killing of Muslims he would have made a record
Whats the bloody is going on.,As we go on comments or websites there are thousands of comments or statements which creates enemity between the religions.. As shaheen status is wrong then the violence of shiv sainiks at their clinic is also a crime.,then arrest them and proove your government is right
The issue is not about freedom of speech. Everyone has the RIGHT to freedom of speech but it is NOT RIGHT to abuse freedom of speech by being disrespectful, abusive or hurting sentiments of people. So the real issue is abusing freedom of speech. Shaheen said "respect is earned not forced"; here she is invalidating the tears, respect and sadness of lakhs of people seen on the streets of Mumbai & funeral. She also said people went bonkers, meaning people were crazy. So according to her, all the masses in Mumbai gathered to pay respect and grieving were crazy. She said people were forced to shut down. Did she do research and ask each shop owner in Mumbai were you forced to close your shop? Was there any basis for making remarks like people are crazy, they were forced to shut down etc. If someone passed the comment on your dead father or grandfather, that thousands like him die everyday, people grieving are crazy, would you like this comment? One cannot misuse one's right to speak to hurt.
Great support by shown the media. However, it would have been good to know what saheens dhadas status message was after the august 11 Azad maidan Riots. That would have been a test of her commitment to free speech or her bias against this leader
Anyone found guilty of saying anything against Bal Thackeray should be whipped and humiliated in public. they should be sentenced to a year of community service.
Whatever happened to freedom of speech. Bal Thackeray was famous for being outspoken and sometimes being brash, especially with religious and ethnic facing issues. Shame on both the women now, for saying that "They will never use social media or apologizing for liking it" You finish what you start, that was the epitome of the man. And to the person who wrote about Goonda/Dawood etc. I personally have seen various real estate projects the two men worked on worth multi-crores in the late 80s. The Shiv Sainiks (or should I say SS) should now grow up and get back to doing better things rather than vandalizing people's businesses or homes. Start thinking for yourselves. Don't respect your leader by doing such stupid things and we might call you a Shiv Sajjan.
I would like to say to Shaheen that You should continue to use FACEBOOK. We are with you. You are now ROLE MODEL FOR INDIANS WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION - JUSTICE - EQUALITY - PERSONAL LIBERTY... I hope indian judiciary/court take action against Police to save country's grace. Otherwise, INDIA SHAME CONTINUES....
People including Shaheen, who make comments against Mr. Bal Thackeray don't even think if they will ever in their lives will be able accomplish even half of what he had done? How many of you have ever helped other people or even contributed to their own communities as much as he did? Mr. Thackeray was protecting Mumbai from the real goondas and now he is gone. The reality is that people will always strive to control Mumbai and now with Mr. Thackeray gone, will you like Dawood to control Mumbai? Shaheen clearly showed a complete lack of respect for Mr. Thackeray. She indicated that people like him live and die everyday. If she had made this comment toward your own dead father or grandfather, would you have liked it? Even if the person concerned was not Mr. Thackeray but an ordinary man, one should show at least some respect especially to an elderly man? Will she ever in her life be able to accomplish even half of what he did?
Freedom of expression and speech is fundamental right. Police committed an offense by arresting Shaheen an Renu. Whatever said by Shaheen and Renu is their personal opinion/thought. What do you say about the comments of political leaders which are thousands times insane and vulgar ???
This is so shameful. Media too is complicit in raising the Sainik goons to this cult status. My blessings to Shaheen and Renu for saying what many others could not.
Dear Mr. Gokhale. Please do not make this spiritual. Her comment started with the sentence "with all respect". She has not uttered one word in the entire comment which was disrespectful to either Thackeray ji or Shiv Sena. I am a supporter of Thackeray ji and the sena. But it is high time the sainiks stopped using violence in the name of the great man. Using his name and creating violence is 100 times more disrespectful than a casual comment by a "free" citizen.
As per Hindu belief No one talks bad about bad about a person for 13 days after his death. The Atma (soul) is supoosed to be hovering around for 13 days get Mukti ( relief from rebirth). No one should say anything bad about the deceased soul during this period. After 13 days you can celebrate for giving sweets to everyone in the village(old practice). After that you are free to do any critical evaluation of the person It was most irresponsible on the part of the girl to make such a comment. She should have realised the depth of feeling after seeing the sea of humanity after Balasahebs death. She could have been killed if the mob came to know about her whereabouts. It is very dangerous when the mob is grieving to make such comments. Police did the right thing to arrest her that has helped to save her life. Now she will think 10 times before making such irresponsible comment. This is precisely why Shivsena hates the "outsiders" who are unwilling to understand the feelings of
Dear Shaheen & Renu, It will be sad for Indian Democracy if you (and other men and women like you) who can think and speak out with conviction are silenced like this. Hope you appreciate that the whole nation stood with you and supported your right to express. Initially, all right thinking people bear the brunt of unscrupulous and worthless people who can not justify their actions through logic and hence resort to violence to suppress truth. Lets hope Govt will play it's role and punish the guilty. Pl don't give up - there are many already trying to save democracy, join them, strengthen them - it's the call of the day.
I heartily congratulate the press council of india chairman for having brought immediately this matter to the attention of the government to release all those concerned in this regard. I got doubt whether we are living in a democratic country or governed by .....Let us hope by this incident more and more freedom lovers will emerge to save our nation. May we hope the officials who booked and arrested will be suspended, warned, fined and ordered to pay compensation to the victims who encounted unnecessary harasment/mental tortures. Let us hope Mother India still alive.
People should respect the feelings of the local people of the region in which they are residing. If they do not do so, they will have to face such consequences. She said, "every day hundreds of people die. Why has Mumbai shut down coz of him". Foolish girl!! Bal Thackeray was no ordinary person. Shiv Sena did not force people to shut down. They themselves decided so. She should not have disrespected their feelings.
Bal Thackeray and the Shiv Sena are a bunch of thugs. Reminders of the nazi regime
There is a group who is criticizing Shiv Sena's style of work, however; let me tell u something. They are the one who are the first to come forward if someone needs help. Atleast in our neighbourhood Shiv Sena Shakhaa. People never speak about positive things Mr. Thackrey did but only crib about the other side of the coin. At this time when political party's like India National Congress (classical example)is fooling people, we really need Firebrand leaders like Mr. Thackrey. Im a muslim & I know what happened in past is past now & we want to forget that. By posting such provocative comments, people are making situation worst.
Same people who ask why city was closed to accomodate 30,Lakh people who were mourning the death of their leader and walking on the streets of Mumbai a section of the city not entire city. A leader with National and International following, an Leader which inspire all Hindus. Shame on them and Media for promoting such foolish people.
Today the time ban the shivsena as a political party its a terres party in india i like shaheen comments. Her comment are very true and any good human being know this
i wrote two times "shaheen dhada - superlike" as my facebook wall message and deleted it because i felt afraid of writing even that....are we going to slide down all the way?
How has he contributed...... changing the name of an airport and not the class, our neighbors have better airports....there is no contribution other than fear we should have had a bhand before the shoot out at the Taj what were the foot soldiers doing then play cards or chewing pan and spitting on our mother earth.....Fear is the only thing they has given the citizens of INDIA of other states of this great nation....world class infrastructure, getting people out of poverty, giving the people a clean environment to live in would be a few contribution of positiveness if anyone with that kind of power and money should do not just change a NAME
Watch out - Don't speak your mind unless you are praising politicians. This is India. Good Luck.
A communal;racist and tyrant person like Bal Thakerey is given a state honour and a public park for funeral.This will promote anarcy in India.If you reward vandalism you will get rule of mob....shame on us
the greatest contribution of thackray is downfall of mumbai. mumbai once was no.1 state in india. he could say anything inciting one community against the other and get away with it. he had the freedom of non-sense speech. the ordinary citizen have no such right! i fail to understand why those two innocent girls were arrested for their comments. people in mumbai know - how many really stayed inside - is it because of love and respect for a dead man or due to fear which he has spread.
Mumbai is a State sorry wat is wrong with our education system by the way r u walking free or did they pop u off
I am of the opinion that we in India have totally become fools to be vandalised by foot-soldiers of political parties and the local and state governments Support such measures. The Girls were perfectly correct in utilising their consititutional rights in expressing their Anger at closure of Mumbai due to Bal Thackray's death. He was a respected personality in Maharashtra and I do not grudge him, if the state government gave him a state funeral but why put ordinary People to Trouble. If Shiv Sena wants to Closes ist Offices and ist members want to Close their businesses, then ist their right to do so but why does state Arrest People for posting their objections. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra has to answer this question. The Country and the State come first and not the politicians. I dare the Police in Mumbai to Arrest me.
It is most unfortunate for us that a chief Gunda of Maharashtra got state funeral.
I have learnt something from the death of the great Maratha leader : Mr. Balasaheb Thackeray. Now I can speak against South Indians, West Indians(read Gujratis), North Indians(read Biharis) and be considered a patriot and true Indian, to quote Baba Ramdev. And when I die, they will drape me in the National flag and accord me a burial with full State honors.