Digvijay also urged police to thoroughly investigate all the derogatory social media posts about Shivaji and late Shiv Sena leader Bala Saheb Thackrey.

“Strongly condemn brutal killing of an innocent Muslim Techie by Right Wing Fundamentalists. Govt must act decisively against culprits,” Digvijay said on Twitter on Thursday.

“Police must also investigate all social media postings derogatory of Shivaji and Bala Saheb which led to this incident and act against them,” he added.

The murder of a 28-year old Muslim techie near in Pune by seven persons with links to a Hindu outfit had sparked tension in the area.

Shaikh Mohasin Sadiq, hailing from Solapur, a resident of Hadapsar, was battered to death by suspected goons of a right wing outfit on Monday night.

The trigger for the attack was apparently over uploading of derogatory pictures of warrior king Shivaji and late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Facebook, which led to a protest bandh on Sunday.

Police have already arrested seven persons in this regard under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 147 (rioting) of Indian Penal Code.
All of them are linked to a right wing organisation Hindu Rashtra Sena. The founder of the this hard line organisation Dhananjay Jayram Desai, who has around 20 cases pending against him for making inflammatory speeches in the past, is also one of the main accused in this case.

Sadiq worked in the IT department of a textile firm in the city and was thrashed with sticks at Bankar Colony by the accused. He succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a nearby hospital, police said.

Several media reports claim that the extremist right wing activists of the Hindu Rashtra Sena gloated after killing the Muslim techie in Pune through mobile messages, saying ‘First wicket has fallen’.

Reports in a national daily quote Pune joint commissioner Sanjay Kumar as saying: “The message was circulated immediately after about 25 members of the Hindu extremist outfit allegedly bludgeoned Shaikh to death”.


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