A Muslim techie beaten to death by right wing Hindu radicals in Pune, another critical

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: The aftermath of uploading of derogatory images of Chatrapati Shivaji and late Shiv Sena chief Bala Saheb Thakerey has led to the sporadic violence by the right wing activists across the Maharashtra state resulting into the destruction of public and private properties. The violence has also claimed life of a young Muslim techie Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh resident of Solapur where as another youth Younus Khan is struggling for his life in hospital.

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Pune police have registered an FIR under various sections of IPC along with sec. 302 (culpable homicide amounting to murder) and have arrested 7 men, all between the age of 19 to 25 years who are associated with Hindu Rashtra Sena , a radical Hindu outfit active in the Maharashtra state.

Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh
Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh

Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh (24 years) was the resident of Solapur and was working in an IT company situated in Hadapsar area of Pune who, according to the police, was assaulted by the members of Hindu Rashtra Sena when he was returning from a Mosque to his rented home in Bankar Colony, Hadapsar after offering night prayer at around 9.00 pm on Monday.

A team of police reached the spot immediately but the assailants had fled from the spot, leaving behind their motorcycles and wooden sticks. Police seized three motorcycles which helped them in identifying the assailants. The arrests of 7 Hindu Rashtra Sena activists were made on Tuesday. Mohsin was admitted to a private hospital where he was declared dead around 1 am of the Monday night.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Manoj Patil said all seven accused are associated with the Hindu Rashtra Sena. The Crime Branch of Pune summoned Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai for questioning and arrested him in connection with an earlier case at Pune Cantonment police station, relating to distribution of objectionable pamphlets in March this year.

Desai, according to the police, is a history-sheeter who has been named in 23 cases of extortion, rioting and other criminal offences. Being a chief of Hindu Rashtra Sena whose members have already been arrested by police for murder of 24-year-old IT professional Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh in Hadapsar on Monday, police will certainly question him regarding the case during their thorough investigation.

Last year he was also questioned by crime branch police in connection with the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.

Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) was formed about a decade ago by Desai, who hails from Mumbai and currently stays at Paud in Pune district, the HRS is known for its aggressive agitations on Hindutva issues. On several occasions Desai has shared stage with controversial right-wing leaders like Pramod Muthalik of Shri Ram Sene and Himani Savarkar of Abhinav Bharat, members of which have been arrested by state ATS for their involvement in Malegaon 2008 blasts. He was chief guest at a function to release a book by Sanatan Sanstha activist Vikram Bhave, who has been convicted by sessions court in the Thane blast case.

HRS was in news for the attack on Star News office at Mumbai in April 2007 ( for telecasting a news item on a Hindu girl falling in love with a Muslim youth) and for staging protests outside Dutt’s Mumbai residence in May 2013 claiming that he was being given VIP treatment in jail.

Bus set on fire, Saturday night, near Bhonsari area

The HRS had also taken an aggressive stand in support of Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and other Hindu radicals arrested in the Malegaon blast case by state ATS lead by late Hemant Karkare.

Meanwhile, the dead body of Mohsin was taken to his native place in Solapur where last rituals were performed by his family and relatives. The young men in Solapur were furious when the dead body of Mohsin was brought to their city due to unwarranted violence by Hindu radicals the consequences of which took the life of innocent Mohsin. The youths were calmed by the Jamiat Ulema unit of the city who assured youths of meeting with Pune commissioner for presenting their grievances.

[Photos Courtesy: DNA]


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