SANTOSHEE GULABKALI MISHRA
Uday Pathak, the prime accused in the quadruple murders in Kurar village in 2011, has once more come under the police scanner following the arrest of four men, who were allegedly in constant touch with him even though he has been in jail since 2011. Late on Sunday night, the Crime Intelligence Unit arrested Vishal Ashok Sharma alias Lala, Bapu Yellapa Kedar, Manoj Uttam Bawaskar alias Manna and John David Joseph, who were allegedly found to be in possession of illegal arms and ammunition.
“We have arrested the four accused and seized two revolvers, one pistol, 10 cartridges, a knife, five cellphones, some cash and railway tickets from them. They have been remanded to our custody till April 11,”said a CIU officer.
The CIU is at present probing the links between the four accused and Pathak, who is awaiting trial and is lodged in the Arthur Road central jail since his arrest in 2011. The CIU is probing if he had been managing illegal activities from inside the prison.
“Preliminary interrogation indicates that the accused were in continuous touch with Pathak. He has 16 cases, including murder, extortion and assault, registered against him at the Kurar and Dindoshi Police stations,” the officer said.
Pathak had also been externed a few years back from Mumbai. He owned several rooms in Kurar and Vasai, and was also believed to be providing protection to a builder.
In 2011, four youngsters were kidnapped and killed in a gruesome manner at Kurar in Malad, following a brawl with Pathak. Two police officials were also suspended following the incident. Pathak was allegedly the mastermind as well as the executor of the murders. The victims were identified as Chetan Dhule (24), Dinesh Ahire (26), Ganesh Karanje (24), and Bharat Kudale (27).