Mumbai: The stringent Maharashtra Control of
Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was on Friday invoked against the nine
accused in Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane murder case.
Additional Secretary (Home) Umeshchandra Sarangi
confirmed that MCOCA has been applied against the nine
accused, who have been arrested.
Sonawane was burnt alive by suspected members of the oil
adulteration racket on January 25 near Manmad in the Nashik
district, when he tried to stop an adulteration that was
The main accused in the case, Popat Shinde, who allegedly
poured kerosene on Sonawane and set him afire, also died in
the civic run JJ hospital here after sustaining over 70 per
cent burn injuries.
His son Kunal too had been arrested, but he was later
shifted to remand home as he is a minor.
This apart, nine others were arrested by police.