Mumbai: Professor held after WhatsApp post ‘incites violence’

A case has been registered against Waghmare under Section 295a (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious beliefs) of the IPC.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 20, 2017 2:27 am

The Khopoli police arrested a commerce professor on March 16 (Thursday) after he was accused of inciting violence by questioning the celebration of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji’s birthday twice in a year. Sunil Waghmare (38), head of the Commerce department at KMC College in Khalapur, used “inappropriate” words against Shivaji on a WhatsApp group, police said. The birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji, as per the Hindu calendar, was celebrated on March 15 across the state. However, the state government officially celebrates Shivaji Jayanti on February 19, which is the date of Shivaji’s birth as per the historical records available.

As the second celebration was held last Wednesday, Waghmare allegedly put out the post the same night in a conversation on a WhatsApp group with his college colleagues.

“His comment created stir among his college friends and colleagues. The admin of the group deleted the group same night while Waghmare was attacked by students and professors of the college Friday morning. They demanded lodging of a complaint against Waghmare for bringing insult to the glory of Shivaji,” said Sawati Shinde, inspector, Khopoli police station.

A case has been registered against Waghmare under Section 295a (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious beliefs) of the IPC.

“We thought the words used against him (Shivaji) did incite violence and thus we arrested him. We have seized the phones of Waghmare and the professor who lodged a complaint against him,” Shinde added. Waghmare was Saturday remanded in judicial custody after he was produced in the court of the judicial magistrate.

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    Raja
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:23 am
    let the readers know what the posting was!
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      Abhi
      Mar 20, 2017 at 4:35 am
      Read the law first.... did this so called professor lodge any complaint with police... CrP.C makes it clear as to how law can be brought into motion... but prob is illiterate ppl like urself who dnt shy away frm glorifying ur ignorance... lol
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        babu
        Mar 20, 2017 at 11:25 am
        And what about this maratha son who who worked for muslim king
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          Murthy
          Mar 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm
          A lot of our great men and women also worked under the British Raj. But they also wanted India's freedom.
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            Mahender Goriganti
            Mar 20, 2017 at 4:31 am
            Abrahamic barbaric minded hated!!
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              Mahender Goriganti
              Mar 20, 2017 at 4:29 am
              Stupid social media fringe and stupidity all around with loose mouths feeling cool about their stupidity.
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                Girish Rao
                Mar 20, 2017 at 1:38 am
                In India for celebration of festivals we still follow panchang what's so difficult to understand by the prof. Only he wanted to create a ruckus or get incited
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                  Suresh Shukla
                  Mar 20, 2017 at 7:24 am
                  But in case someone still asked the question then do we definitely have to create "ruckus"?????lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;By the way it was a valid question because in case we follow panchang, then official holiday can also be on the same day...no???
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                    sk
                    Mar 20, 2017 at 7:11 am
                    This is stupid guys. Hot heads need to cool down and think logically. The Prof asked the correct question.
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                      urmila duhan
                      Mar 20, 2017 at 2:40 am
                      Did people who committed the violent acts get any punishment?
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                        waghmarekomaaro
                        Mar 20, 2017 at 7:34 am
                        This is the right way to treat people who don't respect history and our great warrior leaders. Hope they beat him black and blue. waghmare ko maro
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                          waghmarekomaaro
                          Mar 20, 2017 at 7:35 am
                          You from stan? Don't come here ever or we will deal with you also like this
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