The claim that Hitesh was burned alive is false. He was stabbed multiple times. The incident can't be termed as a religiously-motivated hate crime as the accused who abducted and killed Hitesh are from both the Hindu and the Muslim communities.
A claim is going viral on social media that a 24-year-old, Hitesh Mulchandani was kidnapped, tortured and burnt to death by some Muslim men in Pune because he objected him from urinating in public.
Pune Mirror has tweeted a video clip of the incident showing how Hitesh was kidnapped. You can watch the video here:
A Twitter user Ankit Jain tweeted, "Hitesh Mulchandani was abducted hit on his head and his throat was slit by Amin Khan, Shahbaaz Qureshi and Arbaaz Sheikh when he tried to intervene in a fight over public urination."
Several other prominent Twitter handles like Shefali Vaidya tweeted to claim that Hitesh was murdered by Muslim and suggested that it was a religiously motivated hate crime.
Quoting police, Hindustan Times published an article with the claim that Hitesh was burnt to death after an altercation with a group over urinating outside a bar.
Out of the six men booked in the case, three are Hindus. They have been identified as Amin Feroz Khan, a resident of Gunjpeth, Shahbaz Seraj Qureshi from Kasarwadi, Arabaz Shaikh from Khadki, Akshay Sanjay Bhosale from Sangvi, Ajay Sawant, and Yogesh Tompe.
Since two accused are Hindus themselves, it can't be termed as a religiously motivated hate crime.
The accused were booked under Sections 302, 201, 326, 364, 504 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, out of which five have been arrested. Amin Feroz Khan is yet to be arrested.
We confirmed with Pimpri Police Station that Hitesh was not burnt. He was stabbed by the accused.
The incident took place outside a bar in Radhika Chowk area of Pimpri in Pune. Hitesh Mulchandani was a friend of bar's owner Rohit Sukheja, who lodged a complaint with the police.
According to the complaint, Mulchandani was at the bar with a friend when all the accused turned up at 3 am (varying timeline between 2-3:30am) to buy alcohol. When one of the accused started urinating outside the bar, a bar worker spotted and objected to it which resulted in a brawl between the two and the accused hit a beer bottle on the worker’s head.
When Sukheja(Bar Owner) and Hitesh tried to catch the accused. During this brawl, accused were able to kidnap Hitesh and one of the accused was caught by the Bar owner and workers.
When contacted, Sudhir Hiremath, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Pimpri said that Hitesh was stabbed several times. A series of negotiations happened between Sukheja(Bar owner) and the accused to exchange the accused(who was caught by the bar owner) and Hitesh for one another. Finally, at 6 am, when the men switched off their phone, Sukheja approached Pimpri police station and filed an FIR.
Later, Hitesh’s remains were found on the backside of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation
Conclusion: The claim that Hitesh was burned alive is false. He was stabbed multiple times. The incident can't be termed as a religiously-motivated hate crime as the accused who abducted and killed Hitesh are from both the Hindu and the Muslim communities.
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