Drawing a parallel between the murder of a techie in Pune and Muzaffarnagar riots, a Congress leader from Maharashtra today accused BJP of "fanning communal hatred" in the state through its "pocket organisations" with an eye on Assembly polls.
AICC Secretary Sanjay Nirupam, a former MP from Mumbai North, also hit out at the central government over reports that Home Ministry does not seem to be satisfied with the report sent by the state government on action taken by it in the techie killing case.
"It is a leaked report. We cannot say with authority what is written in the report as we have not seen it. Instead of leaking reports, the central government should act," he said.
Nirupam said that Congress in Maharashtra is concerned that "some sort of communal hatred is being fanned by BJP through its pocket organisations."
"Assembly elections are going to take place in the state this year and the incident (of killing of techie) has happened in Pune. In the same manner, BJP had fanned communal tension in Uttar Pradesh before the Lok Sabha polls after some incidents in Muzaffarnagar.
"This is BJP's style of functioning. Wherever they have to fight elections, such communal sentiments are fanned. We apprehend that BJP or its supporters fomented trouble in Muzaffarnagar, they are going to orchestrate same thing here," he said.
A 28-year-old software professional Shaikh Mohasin Sadiq was bludgeoned to death allegedly by persons with suspected links to a Hindu outfit in Pune about four days back.
A total of 13 persons have been arrested by police in connection with the murder.
The trigger for the attack was apparently uploading of derogatory pictures of warrior king Shivaji and late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Facebook by unknown persons which led to a protest bandh on Sunday.
The accused booked under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 147 (rioting) of Indian Penal Code are said to be linked to Hindu Rashtra Sena, a right wing organisation.
Asked on what basis he was levelling allegations against the BJP over the incident, Nirupam said that a number of BJP leaders had shared dais with the members of the Sena.
"This is their old habit. First they fan communal tensions through their pocket organisations, wherever they to fight polls and they say that they have no relation with those organisations. There are photographs of a number of BJP leader having shared the dais with Sena members," Nirupam said.