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Govt to mull reinstatement of Palghar cops

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 15, 2013
First Published: 02:07 IST(15/3/2013) | Last Updated: 02:09 IST(15/3/2013)

Three months after Thane superintendent of police (rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and senior inspector of Palghar police station Srikant Pingale were suspended in the case involving a Facebook post by two girls in Palghar, a committee led by the state chief secretary will be considering their reinstatement request on March 16.

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The two girls were arrested and wrongly slapped with certain sections after they had commented over the Shiv Sena bandh following Sena chief Bal Thackeray's death in November.

The local Shiv Sainiks had protested against the girls and had complained to the police, which forced action on them. Following the huge public support for the girls, the state had suspended and initiated a departmental inquiry against the policemen.

On Thursday, Shiv Sena legislators in the legislative council demanded their reinstatement claiming they were framed.

“It was a sensitive period and any statement like the one made by the girls could have created a law and order situation. What did the government expect the police to do? The government should reconsider its decision," Sena legislator Diwakar Raote said.

Defending his department decision, home minister RR Patil said the move to suspend the cops was justified.

“The reason for suspension was the officers did not obey orders of their seniors and slapped sections which they were asked not to, and arrested the girls, filing FIRs against them. The police officials have requested to be reinstated and the committee will take a decision on March 16,” he said.  

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