Sonawane killing: Maharashtra gazetted officers go on strike

Manmad (Maharashtra), Jan 27 (ANI): Gazetted officers across Maharashtra are on strike in protest against the brutal killing of Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane at Manmad in Maharashtra.

The officers will hold rallies across the state. There main demand is protection to the officers and employees while on duty and there other demand is severe punishment for the culprits.

Sonawane was burnt alive to death by the oil mafia on Tuesday at Manmad in Nasik. He had gone there to conduct raids.

According to police, a group of eleven men turned on him, poured kerosene over him, and then set him on fire. Sonawane tried to fight back by grabbing Popat Shinde, the ringleader of his attackers. But he died within minutes.

Shinde is now in a local hospital with serious burn injuries.

The other accused were produced before a local court in Manmad on Wednesday and remanded in police custody till February 8,

Mahrashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has announced a Rs.25 lakh compensation for the family of Sonawane. (ANI)

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