Havaldar Dhondi Nikam, was always grateful to the soldier from a nearby village who saved his life, carrying him to safety.
The survivors, whose homes were damaged, are now at a relief camp in Aasne village.
Although MGNREGS rules prevent the use of heavy machinery, Damse says heavy earth movers sliced the slopes and prepared the fields.
More teams of NDRF from their Mumbai base are likely to be pressed into operation.
Police sources said footage obtained from cameras installed in area near the blast site was being studied.
Police said Desai is always accompanied by bodyguards. He is known for his radical speeches and is reportedly popular among a section of youth.
The Crime Branch also called Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai for questioning.