Pune: A total of 13 persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old software professional, who was beaten to death, said police on Wednesday.
The murder of Shaikh Mohasin Sadiq, who hailed from Solapur and was a resident of Hadapsar, on Monday night sparked tension in the area, they added.
The trigger for the attack was apparently uploading of derogatory pictures of warrior king Shivaji and late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Facebook, which led to a protest bandh on Sunday.
Although, when asked if the fatal attack had any connection with the protest over Facebook pictures, DCP Manoj Patil said, “There is no direct connection.” He, however, did not rule out indirect fallout of the Facebook posts.
Sadiq worked in the IT department of a textile firm in the city. He was thrashed with sticks at Bankar Colony by the accused and succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a nearby hospital.
The case was handed over to Crime Branch and they have appealed to citizens not to believe or spread rumours as the situation is peaceful. Security has been beefed up in the area.