Mumbai: The widow of
additional collector Yashwant Sonawane, Vijaya, Thursday demanded
a CBI probe into her husband's killing even as 1.80 million
Maharashtra government employees struck work and residents of
Manmad city observed a total shutdown in protest against the
Vijaya told mediapersons that she had no faith in the state police
and said that an impartial probe by the Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) was needed to unravel the conspiracy behind
her husband's killing.
"There is a conspiracy behind my husband's killing. An impartial
probe by CBI must be ordered to bring out the truth. I have no
faith in the state police," she declared.
Sonawane, 44, was doused with kerosene and burnt alive in Panewadi,
near Manmad in Nashik district Tuesday, when he went to conduct a
raid on the local fuel mafia suspected to be pilfering kerosene
Meanwhile, the corridors of power in mantralaya, the state
government headquarters, as well as all other government offices
around the state wore a deserted look Thursday with employees
keeping away from work to protest Sonawane's killing by fuel
"There were dharnas, processions, slogan shouting, waving of black
flags, wearing black bands and agitations in different parts of
the state, including Nashik, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Solapur,
Osmanabad, Thane, Satara, Mumbai and other places, as part of our
day-long action," Maharashtra Gazzetted Officers Association
president G.D. Kulthe told IANS.
Raising slogans like "Yashwant Sonawane amar rahe", the employees
criticized the administration for not being able to protect its
"We have not announced the protest as a strike but we are shunning
work to register our protest against this gruesome act which has
shaken the government employees," Kulthe added.
Kulthe demanded that his killers should be tried in a fast track
court to punish the perpetrators as early as possible.
The employees strike called by the Association for Class 1 and
Class 2 officers was supported by other unions.
Police have arrested all the 11 accused in connection with the
incident. They have been remanded to police custody till Feb 8.
The city of Manmad observed a total shutdown as school, colleges,
shops and offices remained closed.