Additional District Collector Burnt Alive by Oil Mafia

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    An Additional District Councilor burnt alive in Maharashtra by alleged oil mafia when he was conducting the raid against oil pilfering. A shocking and shameful incident.

    May almighty give the eternal peace to the Brave Soul and strength to near ones to over come this hour of trauma, may the black marketing be annihilated from this country.
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...g-on-mobile-says-aide/articleshow/7367244.cms

    Sonawane recorded kerosene pilfering on mobile, says aide
    PTI, Jan 26, 2011, 07.12pm IST

    NASHIK: The aide of an additional district collector burnt alive on Wednesday said his boss had recorded on his mobile phone the pilfering of kerosene which was detected by him leading to his killing by suspected members of a local oil mafia.

    Raju Kale, an eyewitness to Tuesday's gruesome attack on 42-year-old Yashwant Sonawane at Panewadi town in Manmad in Nashik district, about 260 km from Mumbai, also said the official was attacked by some men who came on motorcycles. There were seven to eight men at the scene of the attack, he said.

    Kale said he and Sonawane saw the driver of a fuel tanker taking out kerosene in two box shaped containers and transferring it to another truck. Kale is Sonawane's personal assistant.

    "Sir captured the entire thing on his mobile," he said. Both Kale and the Malegaon's additional district collectors' official driver Kailash Gawali managed to flee from the scene of the crime in Nashik district

    The state bureaucrat was burnt alive in broad daylight at a roadside eat-ut by suspected members of local oil mafia while detecting pilfering of kerosene oil from a tanker.

    Kale said the phone is in the possession of the police department.

    Asked whether he recognised the people who attacked Sonawane, Kale said, "I was talking on the phone when the incident happened, their backs were towards me."

    Recalling the sequence of events, Kale said they were on the way to Manmad from Nashik when Sonawane asked his driver to stop where a kerosene tanker was in a stationary position.

    "Then he asked the driver to go near the tanker from behind. Then we all got down from the car. Then, he (Sonawane) saw the driver (of tanker) taking out kerosene in two boxes and they were putting it in another truck," Kale said.

    Kale said the official was waiting for some force to arrive when he was attacked.

    "He (Sonawane) stood under a tree and was talking to somebody on the phone. Then I called our ASI in Manmad but I couldn't get through to him and so I kept trying," he said.

    Kale said that in the meantime there were was no movement on the other side and suspected something had gone amiss.

    "Then two people came on a motorcycle. These two people asked if Yashwant Sonawane has come. Then (our)driver saw something amiss under the tree and he came running towards me to tell me. Then he said the men were coming towards us with a drum of kerosene," he added.

    "Then I started running and those guys started running behind us with kerosene. We ran to our car and drove to find help," he said

    Kale said he can recognise the face of the driver of the tanker and its cleaner but not the people who came on the motorcycles.
     
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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Plug-The-Pilferage/articleshow/7367373.cms

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    Plug The Pilferage
    Jan 27, 2011, 12.00am IST

    If land and spectrum mafias were not enough, now we have the oil mafia. The gruesome murder of additional collector Yeshwant Sonawane in Manmad, Maharashtra, should jolt the authorities into undertaking a determined campaign against the oil mafia. That Sonawane was doused with kerosene and set ablaze for objecting to fuel theft shows the brazenness with which the mafia operates. Clearly, the law has failed to deter these miscreants.

    Illustrating this point is the fact that the main accused happens to be a history-sheeter. With HPCL, BPCL and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) depots located in the area, Manmad has a notorious reputation for fuel pilferage. All the more reason why the necessary security mechanism should have been in place to prevent Tuesday's incident.

    The underlying problem is the high adulteration value of kerosene. Touted as the poor man's fuel, the heavy subsidy accorded to kerosene makes it ideal for spiking more expensive diesel and petrol. An estimated 38% of kerosene produced is diverted for adulteration or sale in the black market. At the heart of the crime is an unholy nexus between politicians, transporters and middlemen, each having a sizeable stake in the status quo. The net result is significant loss to the exchequer and the lowest economic strata that depends on kerosene as a source of energy, besides the proliferation of adulterated petrol and diesel that appreciably adds to pollution. In places like Manmad the oil mafia has spawned other criminal activities, setting in motion a vicious cycle.

    The antidote lies in putting in place a system of strict checks and balances. An earlier kerosene marker system proved to be ineffective. An effective replacement that makes adulteration easily verifiable is a pressing need. The transportation of kerosene tankers is the responsibility of state governments and this is where most of the pilferage takes place. Equipping the tankers with GPS trackers is a good idea, as is fitting them with heavy duty locking systems. Regular raids backed by the police will disincentivise adulteration.

    The murder in Manmad is not the first high-profile case where the brutality of the oil mafia has been on display. In 2005, IOC employee S Manjunath was murdered in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, while trying to check petrol adulteration. Given that there are strong indications to suggest the complicity of politicians and administrative officials in pilferage, the Public Interest Disclosure Bill for the Protection of Whistleblowers, hanging fire in Parliament, must be pushed through quickly. Internal and external checks need to work in tandem to curb the menace.
     
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    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sonawane-killing-7-arrested-kin-bjp-demand-cbi-inquiry/742368/0

    Sonawane killing: 7 arrested, Kin, BJP demand CBI inquiry

    Agencies Tags : Yashwant Sonawane murder, CBI probe, Oil mafia, Collector burnt alive Posted: Wed Jan 26 2011, 18:43 hrs Nashik:

    Seven persons have been arrested in the murder of Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane who was burnt alive by suspected members of local oil mafia members, as the official's family and BJP demanded a CBI probe into the incident.

    Deputy Superintendent of Police (Manmad) Samadhan Pawar said that "involvement more and important people in the crime cannot be ruled out."

    Main accused Popat Shinde, who is in critical condition after sustaining burn injuries while setting on fire the Malegaon ADC yesterday after he detected pilfering of kerosene, was shifted to state-run J J hospital in Mumbai. He is reported to be in a serious condition.

    Popat Shinde, who has two earlier cases registered against him in connection with fuel adulteration, was first admitted to Nashik civil hospital.

    The other six accused were produced before a local court in Manmad town and remanded in police custody till February 8, Pawar said. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of IPC including murder charge and some provisions of Essential Commodities act, police said.

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan vowed to go into the "root" of the incident after 42-year-old Sonawane was done to death near Manmad in Nashik district on Tuesday.

    He also ordered strict action against those indulging in adulteration of fuel over which the state bureaucrat lost his life.

    The total number of arrests rose to seven after three more persons were picked up late last night.

    While Popat, Sitaram Balerao and Raju Shirsat were arrested soon after the shocking incident, four more accused Vikas Shinde, Machindra Suradkar alias Kacharu, Tauseef Shaikh and Deepak Borse were picked last late night, police said.

    Pawar said the main accused's son Kunal Shinde is still at large.

    In a hurriedly-called press conference on Tuesday, Additional Director General (Law & Order) K P Raghuvanshi said Kunal had also been arrested.

    The last rites of Sonawane were conducted in Nashik last night. Several government officials were also present at the funeral. The demand for a CBI inquiry was made by the victim's brother-in-law Anand Dani. "Sonawane's Personal Assistant as well as the driver was there when the incident occurred. It is surprising that only he was targeted," Dani said.

    Mobile phone records of Sonawane should be checked and the probe should be handed over to CBI, Dani said.

    BJP spokeperson Prakash Javadekar expressed shock over the incident and demanded a CBI probe to unearth the nexus among oil mafias, bureaucrats and politicians.

    Sonawane's personal assistant and official driver managed to escape from the assailants from the scene of the crime.

    J J hospital dean P P Lahane said, "Popat has received 70 per cent burn injuries and his condition is serious. He is being treated in a special ward where severe burn injury patients get admitted."

    "Not only external body, but also his internal parts including lungs sustained burns. He is under observation," the Dean added.

    According to police, Sonawane had spotted a person taking out fuel from a parked oil tanker and questioned him. As the man, who was later identified as Tauseef, fled from the spot, Sonawane immediately called the Supply Inspector to the spot to investigate.

    While he was waiting and trying to photograph the transfer of kerosene from an oil tanker to a truck, some people came on motorcycles and started beating him up. Popat Shinde, helped by his son, and their aides Balerao and Shirsat then poured kerosene on Sonawane and torched him, police said.

    Vikas, Machindra and Deepak were also present at the site at the time of incident, police said.

    There are oil depots of Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum near Panewadi from where oil tankers fill up petrol, diesel or kerosene.

    Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal lashed out at the opposition for blaming him for the murderous attack on Sonawane. "How is a Guardian Minister responsible? We had complained to the police about the activities of the oil mafia. Steps were being taken and action had been taken against Popat Shinde, the accused. He was externed from Manmad and his oil tanker was also seized," said Bhujbal.

    Leader of Opposition in legislative assembly Eknath Khadse, held Food and Civil Supplies department responsible for the incident.

    "Two months ago Food and civil supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh carried out the farce of conducting raids (on oil mafia)," Khadse said.

    Republican Party of India Leader and former MP Prakash Ambedkar also demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. Planning Commission's Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said the incident was "distressing and tragic". "Here is an officer who is actually doing his job in very difficult circumstances and suffers this incredible fate...It does reflect the fact that when you have a large price difference which leads to market distortion which creates a illegal market you develop not just vested interests but effectively criminalised vested interrests," said Ahluwalia, who is in Davos in Switzerland to attend the WEF summit.
     
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    this kind of incident has came in thalapathi (tamil movie) and i thought how these incidents can happen and it is just movie,but congress in power,all movie incidents will come to real picture.we had here in tamil nadu some dalit students blocking anna salai for more 6 hours and the cm instructed not to touch them as they were dalits(same thing shown before in another movie mudalvan).Lots of ill and filthy things happening in congress regime
     
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    Most shocking incident,if one of the senior most bureaucrat in a state cannot dispense his duty without fear of reprisal or worse,then what kind of security and reassurance can be expected for the ordinary citizens.The fact that this happened on the eve of the republic day,a day we celebrate and congratulate for adopting the the constitution, makes the crime all the more brazen.

    Greek Philosopher Plato who wrote The Republic once said "When there is crime in society, there is no justice",he may well have been summarizing the current state of the Indian republic
     
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    All I know is that it is high time we all start cleansing ourselves and not run after money since that is the root of all our ills that we are besot with these days as a country.

    We have become greedy little tykes.
     
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    Those rats should be made an example of, so that in future no one dares attack honest people delivering their duty. I doubt that too, if and when justice will be delivered, considering the rotten judicial system of our Country.
     
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    Money and the means to acquire it is the only worthwhile occupation for a better part of the Indian society,money translates to social standing and unwittingly our society appears to condone anything and everything that might be committed in its pursuit.The worth of a man is no longer in his character,but in his wallet.Everything you say about India,they say the opposite is equally true.While you have all those organizers of CWG and IPL making money breaching every laws of ethics and morality,then there are also those old athletes who won laurels for the country at international events like Olympics from a time long gone by,refusing to part with their gold medals,even as they eked out a pitiful living quarrying stones........

    A nation is surely lost when its moral compass is gone awry.
     
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    This isn't sufficient because corruption is now above our head. If we want to do something then we must stop those bastards who take bribe. We must unite together and make a group of people who can think and who dare to act on what we think. That's why I'm planning to raise "Reforming India" where we will take some real actions along with discussing on burning issues.
     
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    I hope they get killed in a fake encounter instead of some X years RI.
     
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    /\/\/\ One way of treating cancer is to cut off the cancerous tissues from the body. I, well, have my reservations, but agree!
     
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    This incident itself is distressing, however it shouldn't really come as a surprise when put in a larger perspective.

    To digress a little...

    Inadequate law and order mechanisms have been a perennial deficiency since the inception of the state. This is a core structural issue with a complex array of causative factors. One of the major barrier stems from the fact that politicians themselves are critical abettors to criminal activity. Clearly there is a desperate need for major reform, however any such undertaking would involve an earnest effort from the establishment and citizens. The chances of a major breakthrough are rather remote though, because functionally the citizenry and polity are set against one another. But in the unlikely event if there is to be one, it'll only come if the urban societies and their local establishments take the initiative.

    Contrary to what many think, things have been getting better over time. Armed dacoits no longer operate with impunity as they once did, and the level of violence purported by organized crime rings in major urban centers has also been curbed. The media has also facilitated some attention to events (as random and sparse they may be) that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. But in true Indian fashion the rate of progress hasn't kept up with the dynamic requirements of the society.

    An adequate law and order system is one of the core elements separating developed nations from under developed ones. And ultimately this will be one of the critical determinant in India's true standing in the future world order.

    ****Insurgencies are a separate category and should not be confused with civil law and order issues.
     
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    I totally understand where you're coming from, however I'd like to point out that there is another side to this phenomenon. Also many a times topics like these get over generalized.
    Most urban Indians have had to contend with an abysmally low standard of living due to poor and oppressive economic policies of the establishment. The opportunities facilitated by the economic revolution have for the first time provided a means to close the gap between them and their foreign and/or NRI counterparts. Also the hostile and oppressive outlook and policies of the government has fostered a culture of rampant corruption and desensitized the entire society to it. Historically, despite possessing immense wealth, the Indian civilization failed to develop a healthy financial system like the West. The stagnant economy combined with the intact rigid social hierarchy has always made wealth prohibitive to most Indians. It is hence completely understandable that the civilization adopted a culture of hoarding. Even in urban India, the caste barriers might have been eroded, but the hierarchical outlook is still very much intact; except now money is the defining factor. Another consequence has been sequential malevolence down the social gradient (caste, class or otherwise). I believe this plays a big role in explaining the obscene extravagance and dearth of charitable acts among those with money and the general apathy toward the destitute section of the society which is confined to a subsistence oriented lifestyle (as they have been for centuries). Furthermore rural India has been locked out from the economic revolution and hence the social ills manifest in more crude ways... just like this act of immolation.

    Now having said all of this, I am by no means condoning the evil acts of people. What I do think however is that there are many deep rooted reasons for these ills and hence it weakens the moral compass argument.
     
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    Stop using forum for any political propaganda. Corruption, politician-mafia-goon nexus is eating away the country and you are still stucking in Cong-BJP. One gvt will go and another will come. But if you have to get rid of the problem you and me have to come out and try to raise our voice and if necessary hands too.
     
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    Sonawane murder: Crackdown on oil mafia, over 180 arrested

    Read more: Sonawane murder: Crackdown on oil mafia, over 180 arrested - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...rrested/articleshow/7372954.cms#ixzz1CFEsNxXR
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...fia-over-180-arrested/articleshow/7372954.cms

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Authorities launched a massive crackdown on oil adulteration mafia across Maharashtra on Thursday raiding 200 places and arresting around 180 people after an official was burnt alive while the Centre unveiled steps to reduce scope for diversion of subsidised kerosene.
    Over 80,000 gazetted officers in Maharashtra also ceased work for the day to protest the killing of Malegaon additional district collector Yashwant Sonawane by suspected members of the oil mafia at Manmad in Nashik district, about 260 kms from Mumbai, on Tuesday.
    "So far, more than 180 persons have been arrested during the raids at nearly 200 oil adulteration locations in the state," additional director general (law & order) K P Raghuvanshi said in Mumbai.

    The new petroleum minister S Jaipal Reddy unveiled steps including re-introduction of a chemical marker in kerosene in six months to eliminate the scope for adulteration of diesel using this subsidised fuel.
    He also suggested that states use GPS-based vehicular tracking system for trucks transporting petrol and diesel to track the movement, any route deviations being taken or long stoppages.
    Condemning as "heinous" the killing of Sonawane, Reddy urged Maharashtra government to take stringent steps to see that all those involved are punished in a proper way. "We express complete solidarity with the bereaved family."

    Maharashtra home minister R R Patil said the "might" of the oil mafia is increasing day by day. "Those who are involved will not be spared and will be given the highest punishment," he said in Mumbai.
    Patil said police haven't come across name of any politician during investigations into the crime.
    "We have not come across any politician's name in our investigation. Allegations about NCP leaders being involved have not come to me. If I am given proof, I will take stern action," Patil said.
    Patil's statement came after state PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Wednesday lashed out at the opposition for blaming him for the killing of Sonawane.
    "Raids (against the mafia) have started since last night and 163 people have been arrested. All district police have been given instructions to find out details from the food and drug department. We will crack down on oil, milk and sand mafia," he said
    Ravindra Dhongade, president of the Maharashtra Gazetted Officers Mahasangh, said "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."
    The Shiv Sena has also called for a bandh in Manmad in Nashik district on Thursday to protest Sonawane's killing.
    At Mantralaya, government employees held a protest meeting.
    Dhongade said the officers are shaken by the murder and lower-level officers would also join the protest. "Protest marches will be taken out across the state. Employees will join immediately after registering their attendance," he said.
    "We learnt with shock about the heinous killing of additonal collector Yashwant Sonawane. He died a martyr to the cause of anti-adulteration drive," Reddy told reporters in New Delhi.
    Announcing an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh to the family of Sonawane, he said the responsibility of distribution of subsidised kerosene through the public distribution system (PDS) rests with state governments and it was their duty to see that subsidised fuel is not diverted for adulteration.
    "This incident has once again highlighted the problem of kerosene being used for adulteration. There is a need to respond to the problem in systematic term," Reddy said.
    Reddy said an improved chemical marker will be doped in kerosene to make its mixing with diesel near impossible.
    "The kerosene marker system (which was in 2009 withdrawn) will be reintroduced in next six months," he said.
    The government had in 2006 introduced a dye sourced from US firm Authentix in kerosene but was withdrawn in 2009 pending toxology tests.
    "It(GPS) is an effective tool in warding off incidents of pilferage and diversion leading to adulteration which may taken place during the period of untracked transporation," he said, adding oil companies would provide technological and institutional support to the state governments for installing GPS on tank trucks transporting kerosene.
    Besides, oil companies will provide online realtime information on loading of kerosene trucks, quantity and time of departure from their depots so that state authorities can check any route diversion, he said.
    Once kerosene trucks leave oil company depots, they make unscheduled stoppages where the fuel is pilfered and what state civil supplies department receive is much less and often diluted quantities of kerosene.
    Eleven persons have been arrested in connection with the murder while the main accused Popat Shinde, suspected to have had set the collector on fire, has been admitted in state-run J J hospital in Mumbai with severe burn injuries.
    Shinde's condition is serious and he has been kept under observation, doctors at the hospital said.
     
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    What a shameless guy .

    Oil mafia Popat Shinde's son says his father was forced to commit suicide


    MANMAD: Sagar, son of slain oil mafia kingpin Popat Shinde, on Tuesday alleged that the deceased Malegaon additional collector, Yeshwant Sonawane, provoked his father to commit suicide. Sagar said he will file a police complaint against the deceased, his personal assistant and driver for abetment of suicide.

    The sensational disclosure, if proved to be true, may turn the fate of the case. Sagar spoke to TOI after 10 accused, including his younger brother were produced before magistrate M M Thackeray's court in Manmad on Tuesday afternoon. The court sent all the 10 accused to judicial custody till February 21. Those arrested for burning Sonawane alive include Sagar's brothers Vikas (19), Kunal (17), brother in-law Deepak Borse, uncle Sitaram Bhalerao, family friend Rajeev Shirsat, associates Ajay Sonawane, Haqqani Khan, Imran Khan, Tauseef Sahikh etc.

    "I met my youngest brother, Kunal, at Nashik's juvenile remand home on Saturday. He told me something very startling. According to Kunal, Sonawane, his PA Rajendra Kale and driver Kailash Gawli had been torturing my father for paying Rs two lakhs. My mother had passed way just 10 days before this incident. Frustated with the demand of money by a senior official, my father poured kerosene on himself and set on fire. Sonawane tried to douse the fire but was also caught in the fire," said Sagar, an under graduate drop-out from the Bhonsala Military College in Nashik.

    Gawli had lodged a complaint with the Manmad police against Popat Shinde and his 10 associates and relatives. In the FIR Gawli stated that Sonawane had captured oil pilfering in his mobile phone. "An angry Shinde poured kerosene on Sonawane and set him on fire. However, Shinde also sustained burn injuries," Gawli had said in his statement. He along with Kale had fled from the spot when the incident happened on January 25 afternoon at Panewadi village, near Manmad.





     

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