A man identified as Hiramani Tiwari (30) from Mumbai’s Wadala was beaten-up allegedly by Shiv Sena supporters for posting a derogatory comment about Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Facebook, reported Times Of India.
Hiramani Tiwari, who operates his Facebook account by the name of Rahul Tiwari, posted a derogatory comment about Uddhav Thackeray centering on the December 15 police action on Jamia Millia Islamia students. In the post, which was uploaded on December 19, CM Uddhav Thackeray was criticised for comparing the police action on Jamia Millia Islamia students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It is worth mentioning here that on December 17, Thackeray had said, "The way police opened fire on students by forcefully entering (JMI) compound, it appeared like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre."
“Tiwari had deleted the post after he got threats from some people, but on Sunday, a group led by Sena functionaries Samadhan Jukdeo and one Prakash Hasbe beat him up and shaved his head outside his Shanti Nagar residence,” TOI quoted a police official as saying.
Taking a cognisance in the matter, Wadala police issued a notice under section 149 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to both sides.
Tiwari claimed that he was earlier associated with Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. He stated that the group which beat him up should have taken legal recourse against his Facebook post. "I want police to take action against these Sena men. I was just airing my views," the leading newspaper quoted Tiwari as saying.
In the meantime, a police official asserted that Tiwari and the accused Sainiks had reached a compromise, adding that a would be taken if they receive a complaint. “Tiwari's statement was being recorded,” he added.