Police has today detained four people in the case involving the murder
of Yeshwant Sonawane, the Additional Collector of Malegaon.
"We have detained four people
including Popat Shinde who appeared to be the main accused",
Milind Bhambre, Superintendent of Police (Nashik Rural) said while
briefing the media on the spot where the incident has taken place.
"Popat Shinde has received 70% burn
while attacking Yeshwant Sonawane", Bhambre said.
"Other accused who are detained
include Rajive Sirsat and Kachru Suralkar", he added.
He said that Popat Shinde appears to
be a habitual criminal and has earlier police records.
Yeshwant Sonawane, the additional collector of Malegaon in Nasik
district was killed today afternoon when he was burnt alive by the
people involved with the kerosine mafia.
Sonawane was going to Nandgaon - a small town 35 kms to Malegoaon
in his jurisdiction by road when someone informed him some mixing
in petrol is going on nearby. He got down from his car and went to
check what is happening when he was attacked and burnt by some
people", Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Chandreshekahr
Chougale said while speaking to ummid.com.
The incident occurred 20-30 meters
away from the Manmad-Nandgaon road behind a dhaba - a
Earlier reports had suggested that
Yeshwant Sonawane was conducting a raid on people involved in petrol-adulteration on Manmad-Panewadi road
- some 40 kms from Malegaon when he was attacked.
Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police
(Nashik Rural) Milind Bhambre while briefing the media on the spot
said Yeshwant Sonawane was going to Nandgaon when he was stopped
on the road and informed that some people are mixing kerosen in a
tanker behind the dhaba.
"He got down from his car and went
to see what's going on. He saw someone actually mixing kerosene in
the tanker. Suddenly few people came on bike and attacked him and
using the same kerosene burnt him alive", Bhambre said to the
The incident has generated shock
waves in Malegaon as Yeshwant Sonawane was known for his devotion
towards empowerment of the people in Malegaon and development of
January 24 yesterday, Yeshwant
Sonawane was in Mumbai to attend a meeting called by Maharashtra
Minority Department on the establishment of Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU) off campus. He submitted the land proposal from
Malegaon to establish this centre in Malegaon.
The death of Yeshwanr Sonawane is a
personal loss for ummid.com as he was always eager to lend his
helping hand for the development of the poor and oppressed.
The post of Additional Collector has
recently been introduced in Malegaon and Yeshwant Sonawane was the
onlt second to occupy this post. Before that he had also worked as
SDM Malegaon and as caretaker Municipal Commissioner for a brief
Yesterday, Yeshwant Sonawane was so
excited and pleased saying that he was the only district authority
who came with a concrete land proposal for the purpose. He called
up ummid.com from the Mantralya and informed that the Malegaon
proposal is now officially under consideration.