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Pune youth murder: Accused joyous over 'the first fallen wicket', arrested

Pune, June 5: In a suspected hate crime in Pune, where a Muslim IT professional was beaten to death for an inflammatory FB post, the police have arrested 20 people. All of them are suspected to be associated with the right wing group Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS).

In fact, 13 od the 20 have been arrested for murder. Among those arrested is Dhananjay Desai who heads the HRS. The Joint Commissioner of Police said that an SMS was circulated among all the accused, which said "the first wicket has fallen".

The 24-year old IT professional-Shaikh Mohasin Sadiq-from Solapur was bludgeoned to death on Monday, leading to tensions in the area. What sparked off the tension was an FB post by him, which showed derogatory pictures of warrior king Shivaji and late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

The entire incident led to a bandh on Sunday.Apart from him, two other youths were thrashed with sticks at Bankar Colony in the same night. Sadiq, however, succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

The police have informed that the case has been handed over to the CBI for investigation. It has further requested the public not to spread rumours and tensions as the area is now peaceful. Security has been beefed up in this area.

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