In a report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Maharashtra administration has refrained from calling the murder of 24-year-old IT manager Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh, allegedly by members of a right-wing Hindu outfit, a case of “communal violence”.
The Maharashtra Police, in its report, described the murder, and violence that preceded it, in Pune as a “law and order” problem and a fallout of morphed pictures posted by someone on social networking websites. Not satisfied with the reply, the MHA has now asked the state for a detailed report on the incident and asked them to fast track the trial.
On June 2, Shaikh was reportedly attacked near his rented home in Bankar Colony in Pune. He was returning with a friend, Riyaz, after offering namaz at a masjid around 9 pm.
“In their report, the state government refrained from mentioning it was an incident related to communal violence. What we gather from the report is that the victim was killed due to some communication gap over the posting of morphed pictures of Shivaji and Bal Thackeray on social networking sites. We have asked them to fast track the trial so it sends out a strong message to the perpetrators,” an official said.
The Centre has asked the state to pay Shaikh’s family Rs 3 lakh — the compensation given to victims of communal violence anywhere in the country.