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Pune techie murder: Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay named accused

Jun 10, 2014 09:48 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai has been named as accused in connection with the mob violence and murder of a 24-year-old IT professional at Hadapsar in Pune on June 2. The techie Mohasin Shaikh was allegedly beaten to death after violence erupted following inflammatory photos of Shivaji and late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray on social media site Facebook.

On Monday night, a 21-year-old youngster who belonged to the HRS was arrested as he was allegedly involved in the violent incident at Bankar colony in Pune's suburb, police said. Twenty people have been arrested in the case so far.

Among the arrested are two minors, who have been sent to remand home.

Dhananjay Desai was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days on Monday in an offence registered at Loni Kalbhor in rural Pune for circulation of inflammatory literature causing social and communal disharmony.

Seventeen other activists of the outfit were remanded in police custody by a magisterial court till June 12 for their alleged involvement in the murder of Mohasin Shaikh.

The violence led to calls for censoring the social media with Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil saying, "The state was exploring the need for legislation to prevent the misuse of social media, such as 'posting', 'sharing' and 'liking' communally provocative issues and photos, to avoid communal tension."

He added, "Anti-social elements are posting inflammatory posts to stoke hatred, bitterness and disharmony between groups. Those who 'like' and forward objectionable content are siding with the culprits, and in the next few days, you will see stringent action being taken against them."

Meanwhile, the situation in the city and suburbs which witnessed sporadic incidents of stone pelting on buses in the last few days, remained peaceful with police maintaining a strict vigil against anti-social elements and monitoring internet to detect any offensive content on social networking sites.

(With additional information from PTI)