The Maharashtra government will soon decide on banning the ultra-right wing outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena for its alleged involvement in the recent murder of 26-year-old Pune techie Mohsain Shaikh and the ensuing riots.
“We will examine whether the outfit can be banned. The police are seriously dealing with the matter and have arrested 23 people in the matter so far,” Home minister R R Patil said in the Legislative Council Saturday after the issue was raised by member Kapil Patil, who said the outfit had unleashed terror in the minds of the minority community.
A mob of Hindu Rashtra Sena members went on a rampage on June 2, allegedly killing Shaikh and rioting, after a disparaging post by unknown and unrelated persons about Shivaji and late Bal Thackeray emerged on a social networking site.
Patil said the home department would probe whether the outfit led by Dhananjay Desai has any role in the murder of social activist and renowned rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in August 2013. “Many serious offences have been registered against Desai. We are checking if the organisation and Desai have anything to do with the murder,” Patil said. Shivajirao Deshmukh, chairman of the Legislative Council, said such brazen killings should be condemned severely.