Magistrate Zambre rejected plea for Police custody of Hindu Rastra Sena Chief in connection of Pune Techie murder

Mumbai, 14 June-2014(TCN): Pune police encountered a little setback on Thursday when the Pune cantonment Magistrate First Class P D Zambre rejected their plea for extension of police custody for 5 days of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) chief Dhananjay Desai in a widely condemned brutal murder of innocent Muslim techie Mohsin Shaikh on June 2 in Hadapsar area of Pune. After the rejection of police custody, Pune police officials have expressed determination in filing a revision petition before the district and sessions court to seek Desai’s police custody.

Magistrate Zambre rejected plea for Police custody of Hindu Rastra Sena Chief in connection of Pune Techie murder

Desai, who was in police custody for a day was produced before magistrate P D Zambare with 22 other arrested persons in the murder of Mohsin Shaikh (28 years), a lone breadwinner for his family.

Dhananjay Desai in police custody

Pune police claimed before the court that their investigations in the Muslim techie’s murder case have revealed that the provocative messages were circulated from Hindu Rastra Sena (HRS) chief Dhananjay Desai’s office in Mumbai to other people, which turned to the sequences of violence in the city. The police also claimed that they have identified two people who had seen Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) chief Dhananjay Desai instigating members of his organization over the telephone to stir trouble in the city.

The revelation came during the argument of Assistant Public Prosecutor BR Patil on Thursday before Pune cantonment judicial magistrate P D Zambare when Desai along with 22 others were produced before it.

The police, who were pleading for an extension of police custody of Desai and 20 others in the murder case, told the Pune cantonment court that the HRS chief was seen instigating his members over the phone at 8.30pm on June 1, a day before Mohsin was murdered.

Assistant public prosecutor B R Patil argued before the court that Desai’s custodial interrogation was essential as he was not co-operating with the police and was giving vague and misleading replies during questioning since his arrest. He said the police needs time to confront Desai with the other arrested suspects.

Dhananjay Desai in police custody

Patil said that Desai had used the cell phones of other people to talk with HRS members. He sought time for the police to conduct searches at the HRS’ Mumbai office and to substantiate if the computer there was used to send out provocative emails. He also asked for time to identify the source of funding of HRS.
He argued, “During investigation, police suspect that the provocative SMSes, clips were sent from Desai’s office situated at Vile Parle. Desai is not co-operating in the investigation.”

The defense lawyers argued that extending the custody of the suspects was not essential for conducting searches at the HRS office or for seizing the computer there. They pleaded for judicial custody for the suspects.

After hearing the prosecution and defence, the court observed that the suspects should be sent to judicial custody as the police had not given sufficient reasons for seeking extension of their custody. Desai and the others were sent to the Yerawada central jail.

Pune police were disappointed with the rejection and have said they would file a revision petition before the district and sessions court here to seek Desai’s police custody.

Five more HRS members arrested for vandalizing Muslim’s bakeries:
Meanwhile, the investigation into the Pune violence is progressing with good speed. The Pune police have arrested five members of the Hindu Rastra Sena (HRS) for allegedly torching Patel bakery at Kalepadal in Hadapsar on the night of June 2.The arrested include Santosh Deokar (24), Ashish Bhadakwad (18), Sagar Mane (19), Kiran Zende (19) and Rajesh Nadar (20), all from various parts of Hadapsar.

Dhananjay Desai in police custody

On the night of June 2, the suspects had reached the bakery on their bikes and destroyed 70 bags of refined flour and baked goods by setting it ablaze by pouring diesel on it. They had also damaged a two-wheeler and 11 bicycles. The bakery owner had suffered a loss of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Assistant public prosecutor Pandit Jadhav told the court that custodial interrogation of the suspects was necessary to seize the vehicles used in the crime and also the explosive substance that was used to torch the bakery. The Pune cantonment court after considering the prosecution’s plea remanded these five HRS members to police custody till June 14. [Input source:TCN]