The Pune city police on Tuesday arrested Dhananjay Desai alias Bhai (34), the “national president” of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) in connection with the murder of Muslim techie Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh (28) at Hadapsar on June 2. HRS has alleged that the move is a “political conspiracy.”
Desai was already in the custody of the police as he was arrested on June 3 by Pune Cantonment police station and then Loni Kalbhor police station for allegedly circulating and distributing pamphlets with objectionable content in the areas in March 2014.
The Pune city police today filed a production warrant before a magistrate court in Pune for seeking Desai’s transfer in the murder case at Hadapsar. After the court granted permission, cops arrested Desai on charges of murder.
Earlier, the police had arrested 20 youths allegedly associated to the HRS in this case taking the total number of arrests in this case to 21. Also, two minor boys were detained for their alleged links with the murder.
Joint commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar confirmed Desai’s arrest. A senior police officer said that investigation into the murder case revealed “evidence” against Desai, and so he was arrested. Pune city police would be producing Desai before the court on Wednesday for seeking his custody in the murder case for further investigation.
When contacted, Yogesh Kupekar, the “office in-charge” of HRS in Mumbai said, “HRS has nothing to do with this murder. Police have falsely implicated Bhai in the murder case. It a part of larger political conspiracy. Bhai was not present at the crime scene. Also there was no conspiracy by the HRS to attack anyone due to derogatory FB posts.”
The assailants then got into the car in which they came and drove off.