CBI files chargesheet in Sonawane`s murder

Nine months after Additional DC Yashwant Sonawane was burnt alive, CBI filed a charge sheet against 6 accused in a North Maha court.

Nashik: Nine months after Additional
District Collector Yashwant Sonawane was burnt alive allegedly
by the oil mafia, the CBI on Monday filed a charge sheet against
six accused in a court near here in North Maharashtra.

Sonawane, Additional District Collector of Malegaon, was
set ablaze near Manmad on January 25 when he, during a raid,
tried to stop a group of people, said to be members of the oil
mafia, from adulterating kerosene.

The case was initially handled by Maharashtra Police and
later handed over to the CBI, which filed the charge sheet in
the Judicial Magistrate`s Court at Manmad against Rajendra
Shirsat, Machhindra Suradkar, Ajay Sonawane, Habbani Khan
Rabbani, Imran Khan and Kaushik Altaf Shaikh.

The main accused, Popat Shinde, who too had suffered burn
injures in the incident, later died in a Mumbai hospital. His
minor son, also a suspect, has been sent to a remand home. Two
other accused are absconding.

Those chargesheeted, currently out on bail, were booked
under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act
(MCOCA) and IPC sections related to murder, criminal
conspiracy and others.

The area where Sonawane was brutally killed houses depots
of state-run oil majors IOC, HPCL and BPCL, and was infamous
for smuggling and adulteration of petrol, diesel and kerosene.


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