PUNE: It now appears that trouble was brewing in Unnati Nagar near Hadapsar for nearly an hour on Monday evening when a gang of 30 to 40 men drove around the area on their bikes, pelted stones and attacked at least one more person before they targeted Mohsin Mohammed Sadique Shaikh (28) and beat him up with hockey sticks, killing him.

The other person who was attacked, Amin Harun Shaikh, told TOI on Thursday, “I was on my way home after offering namaz. A mob came and first broke the board of Ram Raheem Mitra Mandal. They went about hitting people and they hit me too. I ran and hid inside a shop,” he said, showing his injured left hand.

“On Monday evening, I saw 30-40 people pelting stones in the area and I got scared. Later, I saw a body lying behind a car on the road in front of my office,” said Rajesh Lad, an LIC agent.

Fifteen youths have been arrested and two minors detained in connection with Mohsin’s murder. All 17 are allegedly members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena.

Mohsin had gone to Shaheen Anjuman Masjid, a small local mosque in Unnati Nagar, to offer prayers, after which he went to pick up his dinner from a local tiffin centre.

A senior police officer said Mohsin wasn’t attacked because he was taken to be the one who had uploaded an offensive FB post, but simply because he sported a beard and was wearing a Pathan suit which marked him out as a Muslim. On top of the FB controversy, there were rumours in Pune that evening about girls from both communities being molested — a rumour that proved to be untrue… see more

source: times of india