Crack-down on mafia leads to arrests of over 770 persons
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 22:47
Mumbai: In a crack-down on the oil and sand mafia in the state after the murder of Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane in January, the state police have arrested over 770 people so far, a senior official said.

The action began after Sonawane was burnt alive by persons associated with the oil adulteration racket.

Additional collector Yashwant Sonawane was burnt alive by Popat Shinde and others near Manmad on January 25 when Sonawane intercepted fuel adulteration that was underway.

Shinde too got burnt, and later died.

"Since the murder, strict orders have been issued to the police to trace the people associated with oil, sand, food adulteration rackets. There were special orders particularly to act against oil and sand mafia," a Home department official said.

414 people associated with oil adulteration rackets and 357 linked to sand mafia were arrested in raids conducted in a a joint operation by police and revenue department officials, the official added.

Police arrested 11 persons in connection with Sonawane's murder.


First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 22:47

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