Home minister RR Patil on Monday said he would initiate the process of checking the mobile phone records of additional district collector Yashwant Sonawane, who was burnt alive by the oil mafia in January, and the main accused, Popat Shinde.
“If that can give us some leads, we will do it,” said Patil after Bharatiya Janata Party member of legislative council (MLC) Dhananjay Munde raised the issue in Legislative Council.
“It is almost two months sine the incident took place, but four accused are still to be arrested,” Munde said. “The home department may get some vital links in to oil adulteration racket if they check their phone records of the past two years.”
Not satisfied with Patil’ reply, MLC Vinod Tawde said there was a need to have more stringent laws.
Minister for food and civil supplies Anil Deshmukh replied that he would appeal to the Centre to make a change in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for the same. Following this, the Opposition staged a walkout.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar also addressed the issue of adulteration and mafia in cases of oil, sand, milk, etc while giving his reaction on the governor’s speech
“The whole issue is interlinked with political interference. The mafia usually sticks to the stronger party in a particular area. It might be the BJP, the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party or the Congress — it’s across the board,” said Pawar.
Pawar said he and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had instructed all collectors to be transparent and stick to law in all their dealings. “They have been told not to entertain any political pressure,” Pawar said.