- The Sena has called the bandh to protest against the suspension of two policemen who arrested the young girls.
of the Sena's bandh, schools, colleges and markets are closed. Bus
services are limited. The courts are working, but not many people have
turned up there.
- There is heavy police presence all
around. At least 500 police officers and the Rapid Action Force have
been posted to maintain peace. "People have joined the bandh on their
own. The entire talka is shut. Business establishments are closed," said
Shiv Sena leader Prabhakar Raul.
- On November 18,
as Mr Thackeray was cremated, lakhs of supporters filled the streets to
follow the hearse's journey to the large Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Nervous
about potential violence by the Sena, the city was quiet, choosing to
- Shaheen Dadha, a young girl, questioned this on Facebook. Her friend Renu Srinivasan indicated that she liked her comment.
- The next day, they were arrested, provoking public outrage.
- Their arrest was based on a police complaint by Sena leader Bhushan Sankhe in Palghar, a strong base of the party.
charges against the two girls have still not been dropped - they have
been accused of deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage
religious feelings, making statements promoting enmity between classes
and under the Information Technology Act.
- The girls were
released on bail within a few hours of their arrest. Sena workers
vandalised a hospital owned by the family of one of the girls involved.
- The Shiv Sena says the policemen who arrested the girls are being unfairly penalised and that they were acting "as per the situation".
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