BJP demands CBI probe into Nasik official`s murder

BJP said that the murder of Sonawane, who was allegedly burnt alive on Tuesday, was a result of the "well established nexus between oil mafias and the ruling politicians.

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 21:50 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Friday demanded a CBI inquiry
into the gruesome murder of Nasik Additional Collector
Yashwant Sonawane and suggested that the subsidy provision
should be comprehensively reviewed to check corruption and
nexus between politicians and oil mafia.

"It is surprising why new Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan is shying away from a CBI enquiry. State
police enquiry won`t be able to reveal as to who was
protecting the accused Popat Shinde and others," BJP spokesman
Prakash Javadekar said.

He said that the murder of Sonawane, who was allegedly
burnt alive on Tuesday, was a result of the "well established
nexus between oil mafias and the ruling politicians.

"This is a blatant case of worst kind of criminalisation
in the infamous adulteration industry... A continued
adulteration racket cannot sustain without political
protection. The last 11 years of Congress-NCP rule in
Maharashtra has protected all types of mafia, may be land or
oil," he alleged.

BJP also demanded an immediate review of the subsidy
regime in kerosene. The opposition party suggested kerosene
coupons for the poor and steps to prevent any scope for
adulteration.

Javadekar alleged that thousands of crores of rupees
changed hands in this trade and the issue here was not of
Sonawane`s murder alone.

"This racket involves 520 crores litre of kerosene and
Rs 25,000 crore," he said.

The BJP spokesman maintained that factories which had
been shut down were covertly used for mixing kerosene in
diesel.

"The officials are afraid of taking action as they fear
they will meet the same fate as Sonawane," Javadekar said.

PTI