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Facebook violence: Suspects in Hadapsar murder may be booked under MPDA Act

The Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act provides for imprisonment for at least one year as soon as a person is booked under it

The Pune police have decided to take strict action against the people suspected of killing IT graduate Shaikh Mosim Mohammad Sadik (28) in Hadapsar on Monday evening in violence related to the Facebook posts that had held large chunks of the city to ransom on Saturday and Sunday as well.


Putting it together: The city had been held to ransom by the violence on Saturday and Sunday

The police is considering booking the suspects under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act, which provides for imprisonment for at least one year as soon as a person is booked under it, Police Commissioner Satish Mathur told reporters yesterday that the suspects arrested in Sadik’s murder had been indoctrinated. “We are exploring the possibility of applying the stringent MPDA act against these suspects,” he said.

Commissioner Satish Mathur
Commissioner Satish Mathur

A senior police official said that the previous criminal record of the suspects along with the confidential reports compiled by police about their activities in the area they reside in, provocative speeches given by the suspects or a record of creating nuisance in the area will all be checked to decide whether the MPDA Act should be applied.

Big gang
The Hadapsar police had arrested seven youths in connection with the murder of Sadik, who was originally from Solapur, on Tuesday. The suspects, Vishal Sutrave (21), Atul Agam (21), Ranjeet Yadav (24), Sagar Sutar (19), Shubham Barade (19), Dada Modak (19) and Aakash Lashkare (19), have been remanded to police custody till June 9 by the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) in Cantonment.

Hadapsar police told the court that the suspects have revealed the names of 14 of their accomplices during interrogation. “We need police custody of the suspects to seize the weapons used in the crime and also to arrest the mastermind,” said a police officials.

Broad view
When asked about the action being taken against all those that were part of the violence following the posts being uploaded, CP Mathur said, “We have observed that many suspects involved in crimes in the city police jurisdiction were also involved in other offences registered with the rural police. So we have spoken with SP (Pune Rural) Manojkumar Lohia and we will take joint action against the suspects.”

“One of the suspects involved in an offence at Wagholi was also found to be involved in the Hadapsar murder. The other accused will now be transferred and exchanged in various relevant cases by city and rural police,” said Mathur.

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