Washington: A Hindu American body has strongly condemned the murder of a young IT professional in Pune on Monday and asked the authorities to bring perpetrators to justice.
"We at the foundation deplore communal violence of any kind," said Suhag Shukla, executive director of Hindu America Foundation (HAF) on Thursday.
Mohasin Shaikh, 28, a resident of Bankar Colony in Pune suburb, was allegedly bludgeoned to death with hockey sticks by a group of Hindu Rashtra Sena men after uploading of an objectionable post on social networking website Facebook by unknown people which denigrated warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji and Shiv Sena chief late Bal Thackeray.
A total of 17 people have been arrested by police in connection with the murder of Mohasin Shaikh Sadiq.
"That the local authorities have already begun their investigation and made arrests is indeed encouraging.
We ask both the central and state governments to address this episode expeditiously and ensure that justice is served," Shukla said.