Those arrested include kingpin Prabodh Rathod, a dismissed government employee from Nanded and impersonators, including two then serving police officers of assistant inspector rank, a CID handwriting expert and a cop who was part of the initial probe.
Kolse Patil, one of the key organisers of the 2017 Elgaar Parishad event, investigation into which has led to a crackdown on Maoist groups and arrest of some prominent activists, had a few weeks ago unilaterally announced his intention to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Aurangabad.
"Four persons were killed and 17 others injured when lightning struck the Dumhuhan crematorium under Obra police station area. The condition of two of the injured was stated to be serious," Daudnagar Sub-Divisional Police Officer Raj Kumar Tiwary said.
Police are investigating the background of the nine men, the official said, adding that details like the reason behind the presence of the men in the village on the day of the incident will come out during the probe.
Police resorted to "mild use of force" to quell the mob and arrested 25 people, he said, adding that efforts were on to nab the truck driver, who fled the spot after crushing the motorcyclist to death.
A team led by ACP Dnyanoba Munde picked up Janjal from his house and brought him to Kranti Chowk police station, where he was arrested. Following the arrest, Shiv Sena and BJP leaders along with hundreds of supporters gathered at the police station.
The post of the commissioner of police in Aurangabad has been lying vacant since some time, despite the city being one of the "highly sensitive areas" in the state, it noted. "It is a failure of the Home department headed by the chief minister," the party's editorial read.