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SIT to probe video; Aaditya’s friend, three others held

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will appoint a SIT to probe the alleged morphed video of Shiv Sena MLA Prakash Surve and the party’s deputy leader Sheetal Mhatre, state Minister Shamburaj Desai said on Monday in legislative Assembly, adding that SIT will be headed by a senior IPS officer.

Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena’s Yamini Jadhav and Manisha Chowdhary raised the issue in the House and sought strict action against persons who “morphed” the video of a public event.

The police have arrested four people, including one Vinayak Davare (26), a social media state coordinator of the Shiv Sena UBT faction, the minister said.

Davare had posted the “morphed” video on Facebook, while the other three had helped make it viral, he said.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai police on Monday detained Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sainath Durge in connection with the morphed video case, an official said here.

Durge is a close associate of Aditya Thackeray.
The four arrested accused have been remanded to police custody till March 15.

The arrested accused have been booked under sections 354 (outraging a woman’s modesty), 509 (gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), and 500 (defamation) etc of the IPC and IT Act.

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