Mumbai: Nearly after two weeks when Palghar girls were unnecessarily arrested by Maharastra Police for a casual Facebook post, the state government on Tuesday suspended the Thane Superintendent of Police while the Bombay High Court transferred the first class magistrate Ramchandra Bagade, who granted bail to the girls, alleging a casual attitude in hearing the case.

Earlier the Maharashtra government had promised strict action against erring officials in the case based on the inquiry report.

Shaheen Dadha and Renu Srinivasan, both aged 21, from Palghar were arrested after Dadha posted a Facebook status lamenting the Mumbai shutdown for Thackeray's funeral on Sunday and Renu 'liked' it. The girls were later released on bail.

They were arrested under IPC's sections 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505(2) IPC (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and the IT ACT.

Following an outrage over the girls' arrest, the state government instituted an inquiry headed by Inspector General (Konkan Range) Sukhvindar Singh, who submitted the report.

The enquiry report on the arrests has indicted the policemen involved in initiating action against the girls and observed that the arrests could have been avoided, a police official said on condition of anonymity.

The confidential report submitted to the DGP office has also recommended departmental action against the erring cops, the official said.

"The report filed by Inspector General (Konkan Range) Sukhvindar Singh also mentions that sections applied in the case were not justified," the official said, adding police would seek advice from the government on dropping of the charges against the girls.

(JPN/Agencies)

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