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Techie Murder: Two More Hindu Rashtra Sena Men Held
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Two more persons have been arrested in connection with last week's killing of an IT professional at suburban Hadapsar which witnessed violence in the wake of Facebook posts denigrating Shivaji and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, police said today.

Both the accused arrested last night are affiliated to the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), suspected of involvement in the murder of 28-year-old Mohasin Shaikh, who was bludgeoned to death by a mob that went on a rampage following the detection on May 31 of controversial images on Facebook posted by unknown persons, an official from Hadapsar police station said.

With the fresh arrests, the number of HRS activists booked for the fatal attack on Shaikh stands at 19.

HRS chief Dhananjay Desai too was arrested on charges of distributing inflammatory literature detrimental to social harmony and his role in the June 2 mob violence was being investigated, police said.

Meanwhile, tension prevailed in parts of the city last night after another Facebook post which reportedly contained derogatory references against a prominent national figure surfaced on the social networking site, leading to protests by Republican Party of India activists, city police said.

A few buses were also damaged in stone pelting even as swift action by police brought the situation under control, Pune Municipal Corporation sources said.

The overall situation in the city and suburbs was peaceful and fully under control, police control room said.

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Jun 24, 2014
08:41 AM

The communal violence bill should be made as an act as early as possible. - NCHRO (quoted by Anwaar #11)

Some idiots have to make inane statements to justify their existence. The UPA whose brain child this was, ran with their tails between the legs when they tried to introduce the bill in the RS. Does the NCHRO expect those who opposed the bill, not just the BJP, (and have since been elected in much larger numbers than before) to push the bill.

There are more than enough laws to tackle hate crimes, instead of introducing a new Communal Bill.

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Fact Finding Report on Communal Attacks on Muslims of Pune

By National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO).

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Anwaar, Dallas
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Anwaar, Dallas
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You are right. It is xenophobia rather than anything else. Some of the loudest Islamophobes in the U.S. today are the same people who a few years ago were protesting Gita incantation before the opening of a Congressional session. A few years ago Christians in California were decrying the sale of a largely unused church to "pagan" Hindus!

Anwaar, Dallas
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Indians, whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or even Christian, are stereotyped and can be victims of prejudice.  This is especially true in some parts of the US.  Having lived in the US and Canada for a long time, I would hypothesize that it has less to do with religion and more to do with being an "outsider" and being "different." Statistically disentagling the cause of prejudice (visible minority vs. member of a certain faith) is challenging.

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