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Sonawane killing has ruined Maharashtra's image: Thackeray

mumbai Updated: Jan 28, 2011 16:13 IST

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Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Friday criticised Maharashtra government over killing of additional collector Yashawant Sonawane, saying the gruesome murder has ruined the state's image.

"If a collector level officer is not safe in the state then the chief minister and home minister should explain who is safe here. Corrupt and unethical practices have brought shame on the state," Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Equating the oil mafia with 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, Thackeray said, "oil, land and sand mafia get protection from the Government. The mafia has power to buy laws, police and judicial system because they get support from the rulers."

Linking bureaucrats with the mafia, Thackeray said the rulers and ministers change but mafia and bureaucrats remain the same.

"Nothing is free from adulteration in the state, from milk to ghee and pickle to medicines, rice, liquor, petrol and diesel," Thackeray said. Casting aspersions on functioning of the Food and Drug Administration department, he said common people are suffering due to adulteration and politicians have made their life hell.