Mohsin Shaikh murder case: All accused acquitted in first mob lynching of Modi era

On Friday, a court in Maharashtra’s Pune acquitted all accused, including Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Jayram Desai, in the mob lynching case of 28-year-old Muslim techie Mohsin Shaikh, the first such case reported after BJP’s win in 2014.

The incident occurred within a week of Narendra Modi’s first term as prime minister.

On 02 June 2014, Shaikh was returning after offering prayer, when a mob of Hindu Rashtra Sena workers allegedly lynched him to death. The incident took place after a rumour was spread about the circulation of objectionable pictures of Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on social media.

A native of Solapur, Mohsin worked as an engineer at a private firm in Pune. He was going home with his friend Riyaz Ahmed Mubarak Shendure when they were attacked.

The police booked as many as 21 HRS activists, including Desai. While one accused was known to be a minor, the other 20 were arrested by the police. All were later released on bail.