Showing its dissatisfaction over Maharashtra government's first report on Pune techie Shaikh Mohsin Sadiq's murder, the union home ministry has sought a detailed report from the state.
Apparently, the home ministry did not subscribe to state's view of categorising the incident as merely a law and order problem that clearly appears to be communally triggered.
Sources said authorities questioned how law and order could be the cause if the Pune police were still on the look out for more people involved in the murder. "Why the Pune police are cataloguing members of a particular right wing group? This points to communal conspiracy," said a source.
Besides seeking a comprehensive report, the ministry has also directed the government to pay a compensation of Rs3 lakh to Sadiq's family and fast-track the case.
With the Hindu Rashtra Sena, a right-wing group, being blamed, the murder in a way has become a test case for union home minister Rajnath Singh.
Pune cops' admissions do not qualify the crime as merely a law and order problem as they have said that an SMS was circulated among the accused, saying that the first wicket had fallen.
Sadiq, who hailed from Solapur, was clubbed to death on Monday, sparking off tension in the area. The state police reportedly have taken 180 people into custody, including 17 members of HRS, for rioting and violence that erupted after offensive images of Shivaji and late Bal Thackeray were posted on Facebook.