Facing flak over the “deteriorating” law and order situation in Maharashtra following the killing of two Shiv Sena leaders in Ahmednagar last week, the government is considering launching an operation against “mafia elements”.Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar said on Wednesday that the government has taken serious note of the ransacking of the office of Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police last week. The ransacking followed the detention of NCP MLA Sangram Jagtap, one of the accused in the double murder. On Monday the police also arrested Shivaji Kardile, BJP MLA from Rahuri constituency, and father-in-law of Mr. Jagtap. Mr. Kesarkar, however, said the law and order situation in Maharashtra is comparatively better than other States.“In Ahmednagar, two political activists were gunned down in broad daylight. The office of the Superintendent of Police was vandalised. This is a serious matter. Whether the murders were due to a personal enmity or were the fallout of a political rivalry is a different matter. The fact that two persons were killed is not a good situation for Maharashtra,” Mr. Kesarkar said.Two motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead Sanjay Kotkar (35) and Vasant Thube (40) in Shahunagar area of Kedgaon in Ahmednagar on April 7, hours after the result of a civic bypoll in the area was announced. The bypoll was won by a Congress candidate. The minister said he would visit Ahmednagar next week to take stock of the situation and discuss with the police measures to clamp down on mafia elements. “We will undertake a clean up operation to come down heavily on the mafia elements,” he added.While the police has arrested Mr. Jagtap and three others, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder is also looking for his father Arun Jagtap (NCP MLC) who is on the run. Mr. Kardile was booked with others by the Ahmednagar Police on charge of hatching a criminal conspiracy to kill the two Sena leaders. The Sena has demanded that Kardile be sacked from the BJP while the NCP has defended Sangram Jagtap saying he was being framed with an intention to defame the Sharad Pawar-led party. The Shiv Sena, an alliance partner of the ruling BJP, has alleged that the law and order situation has worsened under the watch of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also heads Home department.