The killing of the young Muslim IT professional, Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh, by fanatical members of the Hindutva organization, Hindu Rashtra Sena appears to be pre-meditated, as his killers celebrated by describing their horrific bludgeoning of Mohsin Shaikh as, “the first wicket.” An apparent reference to the taking of wickets in the game of cricket (somewhat similar to striking a batter out in Baseball). Perhaps an ominous reference to the first drawing of Muslim blood after the election of the extremist Narendra Modi.
Tension prevailed in Pune, after an angry mob went on rampage in the town over morphed pictures of the late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackery, Chhatrapati Shivaji and other Hindu gods which were shared on Facebook on Saturday, and later re-circulated on WhatsApp, according to reports in the Indian Express and Hindustan Times.
A Muslim IT professional, who was no in way connected to the circulation of the pictures, was attacked by the mob and killed, say the news reports. The Indian Express report says, “Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh, a 24-year-old from Solapur district was beaten to death by a mob after he was returning home” from offering namaz.
His friend Riyaz who was with him when the attack took place told the paper, “Moshin was targeted because he was wearing a skull cap and had a beard.” The police arrested seven people associated with the Hindu Rashtra Sena (right-wing fringe group) and the chief of this outfit Dhananjay Desai, adds the IE report. This isn’t the only incident of violence that the pictures have caused.
According to Indian Express, the photos have triggered communal tension in the city as “activists of Hindu outfits and political organisations indulged in violence and arson and more than 200 public transport buses and private vehicles were damaged in the past two days.”
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