Shaikh, sporting a beard and a green Pathani kurta, was returning home on the evening of June 2 when around 25 members of the HRS came on bikes and beat him up with hockey sticks and stones at Hadapsar on the outskirts of Pune.
Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone, joint commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar confirmed the arrest of Desai for murder. Desai was previously in judicial custody on charges of making inflammatory speeches and disturbing communal harmony.Read: Mystery of morphed images gets murkier
“The arrest was made at 7 pm,” said Gopinath Patil, assistant police commissioner and investigating officer in the case. Police have already arrested 19 suspects linked to HRS.
Desai, 34, is believed to have developed radical Hindu views at an early age of 14 when he formed a right-wing group based in Pune. Within a few years, Desai and his group began launching minor protests on issues related to so called injustice towards his faith.
Desai faces as many as 20 cases lodged at various police stations in Pune. Those cases relate mostly to rioting and making inflammatory speeches.Read: Pune techie killed, SMS boasts of taking 'first wicket'
While Home Minister RR Patil said on Monday that investigators have identified those behind circulating the morphed images on social networking sites, senior police officials in Pune chose not to comment.