death after his car, which contained a bottle of inflammable
hand sanitiser, caught fire in Nashik district of Maharashtra,
a police official said on Wednesday.
The victim, Sanjay Shinde, was a taluka unit vice
president of NCP, police said.
"The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon, when
Shinde, a resident of Sakore village was on his way to
Pimpalgaon on Mumbai-Agra road, to purchase pesticides," the
"The car caught fire near the Pimpalgaon Baswant toll
plaza possibly due to short-circuit in the wiring ," he said.
"After noticing the flames, Shinde tried to stop his
car, but he could not get out as its doors got locked. He
tried to break open the window, but was unable to do so. The
fire soon spread and he was charred to death inside," the
"We found a bottle of hand sanitiser inside the car,
and we suspect that the blaze might have spread quickly due to
it as it is an inflammable substance," he said.
Shinde, who was a well-known grape exporter in the
Nashik district, he said.
After being alerted, the fire brigade personnel rushed
the spot and doused the fire, but Shinde was already dead, the
A case of accidental death was registered at
Pimpalgaon Baswant police station, he said. PTI DC i