Pune, Dec 13: Radical Hindutva groups in Pune have decided to give a Bravery award to the chief of right wing outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena Dhananjay Desai, who is in police custody for alleged involvement in murder of 28-year-old techie Mohasin Sadiq Shaikh.
As per a report published in the Indian Express, Desai's wife Rasika is likely to collect the award on his behalf at the hands of none other than Pramod Mutalik of Shriram Sena. He will be honoured during a function - Shivpratap Din Utsav - organised mainly by the Samasta Hindu Aghadi, involving various Hindutva groups in Pune, to remember the heroic victory of legendary king Shivaji Maharaj over Adilshahi warrior Afzal Khan.
Desai, along with 20 others has been charged with murder and conspiracy under sections 302 and 120(b), of Muslim techie. Setting aside a magistrate's order, the judge granted police his custody till June 24 to further investigate the role of HRS in the conspiracy and murderous attack on Shaikh.
On June 12, the magistrate court had remanded Desai and 20 others in 14 days judicial custody in connection with the murder.
Desai was arrested by police for his alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy that led to the murder of the IT professional on June 2 in Hadapsar. The self-styled HRS head had already been in judicial custody in connection with another case registered in rural Pune for an inflammatory speech and circulation of provocative literature, when he was arrested by crime branch officials in the murder case.