Maharashtra, Jan 27 (Agencies): The crackdown on the Maharashtra oil mafia began on Thursday with the excise department raiding 200 locations across the state after Malegoan Additional District collector Yashwant Sonawane was burnt alive by the local oil mafia.

So far, 180 people have been arrested by the department. Raids were conducted in parts of Sangli, Thane and Jalna amongst other cities across the state.

This crackdown from the government comes after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan asked that the ambit of the probe in the officer's murder be expanded to include the entire oil mafia nexus.

Chavan ordered an inquiry into the incident. "The episode is shocking and arouses anger. Attacks against state government employees will not be tolerated," he said. Chavan called for strong action against the guilty.

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 oil mafia for pilferage from kerosene tankers.

So far, 11 people have been arrested in relation to Sonawane's death even as the demand for a CBI inquiry grows.

The main accused Popat Shinde, who also sustained 60-65 per cent burn injuries, has been admitted to a hospital in Malegaon. His condition is reported to be serious.

A 1994-batch Maharashtra cadre officer, Sonawane was posted at Malegaon since over a year. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Meanwhile, Gazetted officers across Maharashtra went on strike on Thursday to condemn the brazen killing of Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane in Manmad in Maharashtra's Nasik district.

The officers are demanding more protection for themselves and strict punishment for those behind Sonawane's killing.

Work at district administration offices across the state is likely to be affected as a result of this. The state's secretariat is also expected to see a shortfall in attendance due to the strike.

"Employees at all departments of the state government including mantralaya, sales tax, revenue and all others will not go to office on Thursday and will be protesting by arranging rallies. We have two demands - one is full protection to the officers and employees while on duty; and second is that these mafias etc who are taking law into their hands must be punished severely," G D Kulthe, the General Secretary of the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officer's Association, told reporters.