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Pune techie murder case

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Pune techie murder case refers to the attack and murder of a 24 years old youth named Mohsin Shaikh in Pune on 2 June 2014 .[1][2]There was communal tensions in the area after derogatory photographs of Shivaji and Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray were uploaded to social media during which public buses were vandalized and arrests were made.[2] The uploads were made through foreign proxy servers traced to sources in India.[2][3][4] Home minister R R Patil said authorities know the identity of those that uploaded the offensive images and that Mohsin was innocent and died in the riots. Government of Maharashtra announced compensation to his family .[4]

Mohsin Mohammed Sadique Shaikh was an IT professional working as an IT manager in a private textile firm, he was attacked and killed while returning after prayer from Unnati Nagar.[5] Police have made arrests including the leader[6] of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), a Hindutva group, for their alleged role in the incident.[7][8] Dhananjay Jayram Desai, the founder president of radical outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), first came into prominence. Desai has denied that his outfit had anything to do with the murder and said, "We understand that circulating derogatory pictures is a cyber crime but the problem cannot be solved by killing innocent persons.".[9][10] Before this, a 20-year-old Nikhil Tikone of Kasba Peth was target by both Muslim and Hindus during communal tensions.[11][12]

Rajya Sabha MP and Congress leader Hussain Dalwai on 1 July 2014 alleged that police officers investigating the Mohsin Shaikh murder case were trying to cover it up, and they should be dismissed for the failure to nab the masterminds of the crime. "The Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan assured us that government will make the investigation into this unfortunate incident a priority. We were also told that the organisation behind this ghastly act and the people involved in spreading communal disharmony will be taught a lesson," he added.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

In March 2015 the Bombay high court denied bail to Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai maintaining that the prosecution had rightly submitted that Desai has taken advantage of poverty and unemployment in society and instigated such to satisfy his religious fanatic vendetta against a community. The judge noted most of the rioters were young men, one of them just 18. The High Court maintained that the statement of the witness showing that a plan had been hatched to attack members of a community as directed by Desai was sufficient to deny bail.[19]

Until 6 May 2017 the case was in the stage of framing of charges against all the 21 accused, at least 15 of whom are out on bail while Dhananjay Desai has spent almost three years in jail.[20]

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