Nashik/Mumbai, Jan 25 (Agencies): In a shocking act, an Additional District Collector of Malegaon Yashwant Sonawane was on Tuesday burnt alive in borad daylight at a roadside eatout at Manmad in Maharashtra's Nashik district by the local mafia during raids to uncover illegal hoarding of kerosene and petrol.

42-year-old Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane, a Maharashtra-cadre officer, was accompanied by his personal assistant and driver when the shocking incident took place at the Sagar Dhaba at Panewadi town in Manmad, about 260 KM from Mumbai.

Four persons, including the main suspect Popat Shinde, have been arrested for the gruesome killing, police said. Shinde, who set Sonawane on fire, has been admitted to the
Manmad hospital with serious burn injuries.

Giving details of the incident, Additional DGP (Law and Order) K P Raghuvanshi said Sonawane had spotted a person taking out fuel from a parked oil tanker and questioned him. As the man fled from the spot, Sonawane immediately called the Supply Inspector to the spot to investigate.

As he was waited, some people came on motorcycles and started beating him up. Shinde, helped by his son, nephew and another person, then poured kerosene on Sonawane and torched him, Raghuvanshi said.

Television images showed Sonawane's body lying in an open field.

"Sonawane had gone there to conduct a raid on the petrol and diesel mafia," he said.

Nashik police said state revenue officials, headed by Sonawane had conducted raids at the oil depots at Manmad's Panewadi town on Monday night, which irked those allegedly adulterating oil.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said his government will not tolerate such incidents. "We will take prompt action to bring the guilty to justice," he said.

Maharashtra CM orders probe

Mumbai, Jan 25 (Agencies): Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan ordered an inquiry into the gruesome murder of Malegaon Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane allegedly by
petrol and diesel mafia on Tuesday and said strict action will be taken against the culprits.

"The government would not tolerate attacks on the officials and strict action would be taken against those responsible for burning Sonawane. I have ordered an inquiry in the matter," Chavan said.

The Chief Minister also condoled the family of the victim, who was burnt alive at a roadside Dhaba near Manmad town, about 260km from Mumbai.

The district Inspector General and Superintendent of Police reached the spot immediately and are inquiring the matter, the official said.