Mohsin Shaikh’s murder: Even after two years, family awaits compensation

By A Mirsab,,

Solapur (Maharashtra): More than two years after Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh was brutally murdered by Hindutva militants in Pune, his family has received no reparation despite government promises.

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On June 2, 2014, twenty-four years old Mohsin Shaikh, a resident of Solapur district in Maharashtra who was working as a manager in an IT firm in Pune was assaulted and killed by the members of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) when he was returning from a Mosque.

The incident had taken place only a week after Narendra Modi took Prime Ministerial oath in New Delhi.

Following this brutal killing, the then CM Prithviraj Chavan announced and provided Rs 5 lakh to the family as compensation and also promised to provide government job to Mubin Shaikh, a brother of Mohsin. However, no such job was given to him by the state government citing technical flaws in offering job to the brother of victim.

R R Patil, the then state home minister had lauded the family for maintaining peace after the murder and told them that they were eligible for compensation from Central Government under Central Relief Scheme and asked them to write a letter to collector for claiming it.

Subsequently on September 5, 2014 a district level committee established under Central Relief Scheme held a meeting in Solapur and it found deceased family eligible for compensation of amount Rs 3 Lakh from the Central Government. Following this finding, Solapur Collector informed Pune Collector about the committee’s recommendation and asked for completing the required formalities.

Pune Collector then wrote to the State Secretary requesting to forward Committee’s findings to the Central Government and to facilitate in obtaining Rs 3 lakh by the victim’s family.

Speaking with, Sadiq Shaikh, the father of Mohsin told, “I keep calling Mantralaya and every time they give me different answers. Sometime Jagtap Sahib picks up phone and says file has gone missing while other time Govindraj Sahib says it is in progress.”

In November 2015 Pune Collector office informed Sadiq Shaikh that there were some errors in the original proposal of compensation which were corrected in October 2015 and a fresh proposal was sent to the State Secretary office.

“I did write to Pune Collector who informed me that their part was completed and it is pending at the secretary’s office,” he says.

He is of the view that the BJP government at state and at the centre is reluctant to help them. “The changed government has caused a problem for me in obtaining compensation. Ever since the government changed at state neither an officer nor a minister inquired us about our well-being or at least about the compensation amount,” he said with a sorrowful voice.

Despite repeated attempts by, no one from the State Secretariat office provided comments on the issue.


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