Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), a fringe hardline organisation accused of killing a Pune techie on Monday, has claimed the death could have been an outcome of eve teasing resulting in retaliation by local youths.
HRS legal advisor Naveen Chomal claimed the killing was unnecessarily being connected to the derogatory Facebook comments against Chhatrapati Shivaji and late Shivsena chief Bal Thackeray.
Chomal told dna on Friday: "Some of those arrested are HRS members. But we don't believe what the police is saying. We will take a stand only after talking to those arrested," Chomal alleged. He said HRS was being dragged into the case because it had protested against the derogatory FB remarks against Shivaji and Thackeray.
IT graduate Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh was beaten to death on Monday night allegedly by members of HRS. At least 14 HRS members, including its chief Dhananjay Desai, have been arrested by Pune police. The police are now reportedly collecting evidence vital enough for the Central government to ban the organisation.
The state intelligence officials however, dismissed HRS as a fringe organisation mainly consisting of a local group. "It's largely a group of young local goons with radical views," said an intelligence official.