The Thane Police, which were tracking movements of the tanker that had allegedly dumped untreated chemicals into an Ambernath drain last week, have arrested two persons identified as Deepak Kumar Jaiswal (32), the driver of the tanker, and Ramesh Gudru (42), the owner.
Over 400 Ambernath residents took ill after they inhaled a poisonous gas released into a nullah near MIDC on November 30. The gas was reportedly from untreated chemical waste released into the nullah by an unidentified tanker.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ulhasnagar) Vasant Jadhav said that the police obtained the number plate of the tanker from CCTV cameras. “We traced the tanker to a location on the north coast of the state. The accused shared the details of three more persons, who we have detained and are making inquiries with,” Jadhav added.
He said that the police is investigating the route that the tanker took and the kind of chemical it discharged. “We are checking the CCTV footage at toll nakas on the highways to check the number of times the tanker made trips to the nullah. The tanker does not belong to a company from the MIDC in Ambernath,” Jadhav said.