MCOCA invoked in Yashwant Sonawane murder case

Mumbai, Feb 11 (PTI) The stringent Maharashtra Control ofOrganised Crime Act (MCOCA) was today invoked against the nineaccused in Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane murder case.

Additional Secretary (Home) Umeshchandra Sarangiconfirmed that MCOCA has been applied against the nineaccused, who have been arrested.

Sonawane was burnt alive by suspected members of the oiladulteration racket on January 25 near Manmad in the Nashikdistrict, when he tried to stop an adulteration that wasunderway.

The main accused in the case, Popat Shinde, who allegedlypoured kerosene on Sonawane and set him afire, also died inthe civic run JJ hospital here after sustaining over 70 percent burn injuries.

His son Kunal too had been arrested, but he was latershifted to remand home as he is a minor.

This apart, nine others were arrested by police.

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