Pune techie lynching: Father moves High Court, seeks Rs.10L compensation

Mumbai: The father of Mohsin Sheikh, who was lynched by a mob of Hindus at Pune in 2014 has moved the Bombay High Court seeking compensation under the scheme providing monetary help for victims of communal violence. The HC on Wednesday sought to know from the Maharashtra government, its stand on the issue.

A division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Makarand Karnik directed the government to file its reply by Thursday. Mohsin (24), who was working with an IT firm, was lynched allegedly by members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS). He along with his friends was returning from a mosque when the HRS members allegedly attacked him and assaulted him, resulting in his death. The incident took place in the backdrop of some objectionable post against Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, wherein communal riots had taken place in Pune.

The police had arrested HRS chief Dhananjay Desai, who is still behind the bars and awaiting for the trial to conclude. Through this fresh petition, Mohsin’s father – Sadiq Sheikh has sought Rs 10 lakh compensation from the state as well as from the Union government (Rs five lakh from each). Sheikh has sought the compensation under the scheme which provides monetary help to the victims of communal violence. – Staff Reporter

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