Addl District Collector burnt alive in Malegaon

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Malegaon, Jan 25: In what can be termed gruesome and barbaric, and above all a shameful day especially for the justice department, the Additional District Collector of Malegaon in Maharashtra Yashwant Sonavane was reportedly burnt alive. The victim, Sonavane was on official duty and was conducting a raid on black marketeers of petrol when he was attacked by six or seven people and then set on fire.

This barbaric act was the handiwork of people involved in the black marketing of petrol and diesel. As soon as the crime was committed, the assailants fled the spot. Police are stepping up efforts to nab the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

He had conducted a surprise raid on the kerosene mafia and is suspected to have taken place about 10 kms from Malegaon in Maharashtra's Nashik district. He is believed to have been traveling on official duty when he noticed suspicious activity in the vicinity. He alighted from his vehicle and was accompanied by his personal assistant and did not have any police security. He got into a confrontation that led to such a violent crime.

Sonavane was considered a honest officer with sincerity and integrity to his profession. More details are awaited on this case.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has expressed shock at the incident and wowed that the culprits shall be nabbed. Maharashtra Public Works Department Minister Chhagan Bhujbal revealed that a person has been arrested in relation to the case already.

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