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Shiv Sena protests over derogatory Facebook post on Shivaji, Bal Thackeray

Jun 01, 2014 10:29 PM IST Politics Politics

Pune: Shiv Sena protested on Sunday after objectionable pictures of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Late Bal Thackeray were posted on social networking site Facebook. The Shiv Sena workers also pelted stones at buses in Pune and its surrounding areas on Saturday night.

About eight buses were damaged in the incident as the Sena activists took to the streets. The Pune police has registered a case against unknown persons and the process of removing the content is underway.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that an investigation is on in the matter. "We are probing this and trying to get to the root of it. Central agency, CERT is helping in the probe. We urge people to not to believe in rumours and maintain peace and harmony," he said.

Earlier in the day, an FIR was registered against an unidentified person for posting the pictures. The FIR was registered under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and relevant sections of the IT Act, an official said.

After spotting the Facebook posts which contained the alleged derogatory references, Shiv Sena activist Avinash Bagal complained at the police station on Saturday.

According to sources, Cyber Cell of the Mumbai police had, with the help of Facebook administration, blocked one account which contained objectionable pictures last night.

However, a second Facebook account had been created by an unidentified person which was also blocked by police with the help of social networking site.