Nashik, Jan 29 (Agencies): The Manmad district has attracted limelight for wrong reasons after the killing of Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane.

Manmad has become Maharashtra’s oil adulteration hub from where diesel and petrol leaving the huge depots in tankers has long been pilfered and adulterated.

Both Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil Corporation have large depots in Manmad close to Panewadi, where Sonawane was burnt to death by alleged members of the oil mafia on January 25. Panewadi depots supply oil to at least 12 districts in the state.

Manmad, which is 75 kms from here, was connected with the Additional Collector and the district supply office but since past two years its jurisdiction went to Additional Collector at Malegaon, where Maharashtra cadre officer Yashwant Sonawane was posted also since past two years.

Earlier efforts to check adulteration in petrol, diesel and kerosene by revenue officers met with failure due to blessings of political leaders and bureaucrats to oil mafia.

Popat Dattu Shinde, prime accused in Sonawane's murder, has ten cases of adulteration pending against him since 200.

Following 'good character' certificates issued by then Manmad municipal councillors -- Sanjay Nikam, Sanjay Bhalerao, Pournima Jadhav -- and RPI President Rajabhau Ahire, his order was terminated by the Secretariat, an official said on the condition of anonymity.