Pune: Fighting legal battle, Mohsin Shaikh’s father died a sad man

PUNE: Mohammed Sadiq Shaikh, 64, father of IT engineer Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh, who was allegedly beaten to death by suspected activists of a Mumbai-based Hindu Rashtra Sena dies of heart failure in Solapur.

Saidq complained of chest pain on Monday and died at around 2.30 p.m.

Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh, hailing from Solapur, was attacked with hockey sticks and rods near Hadapsar and beaten to death by suspected activists of HRS, a radical outfit active in the state, late on Monday night of June 2 in Pune while he was returning home after offering namaz at a masjid, around 9 pm.

Mohsin, working as an IT manager with Ujjwala Enterprises in Swargate area of Pune, was the sole breadwinner for his middle-class family.

Mohsin was attacked during the violence that was apparently triggered after certain objectionable post on Facebook surfaced on Chhatrapati Shivaji, Chhatrapati Sambhaji and Shiv Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray.

The Facebook posts had resulted in violence in several parts of the state, including Pune and Mumbai and culminated in the lynching of Shaikh near his residence in Bankar Colony in the state’s cultural and academic capital.

Shaikh’s inhuman killing also triggered waves of protests on various social networking sites. Shaikh is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

His family members had demanded justice from the government. Sadiq tirelessly fighting a legal battle and made rounds of the Bombay High Court seeking compensation.

On November 29, the government passed an order approving Rs 10 lakh as compensation but failed to give the money. Sadiq through lawyer Afreen Khan moved the Bombay High Court.

Talking to The Hindu, Shaikh’s son-in-law said, “He (Sadiq) died a sad man and was extremely tense over the compensation for his family. He would often run around to the collector’s office and HC to get some relief from them.”