Sonawane murder: Nine accused in police custody

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 09:27

Nashik: Nine of the 11 persons arrested
for the murder of Additional District Collector Yashwant
Sonawane and booked under the stringent MCOCA were on Monday remanded in police custody till February 17 by a court here.

They were produced before Assistant Sessions and
District Judge MS Jawalkar, who presided over the special
MCOCA Court.

The nine accused were booked under the Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on Friday.

Sonawane was burnt alive by suspected members of the
oil mafia near Manmad, north Maharashtra, on January 25.

Eleven persons were arrested for the murder. Popat
Shinde, the main accused, died of burn injuries and cardiac
arrest at Mumbai`s JJ Hospital on January 31. Shinde suffered
burn injuries when Sonawane held on to him after being set
afire.

Shinde`s minor son, Kunal, was also arrested and sent
to a remand home.

Those arrested and facing MCOCA charges are: Rajendra
Shirsat, Machhindra alias Kachru Suradkar, Sitaram Bhalerao,
Deepak Borse, Vikas alias Vicky Shinde, Tousif Shaikh, Ajay
Sonawane, Kakim Khan Rajjani and Imran Khan.

Four other accused, including a Police Constable - who
were also booked under MCOCA - are absconding.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 09:27

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