Fearing another attack, Bhosari continues to live on edge

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Two days after a murder rocked Dhavadevasti area of Bhosari, leading to tension, things seemed to be limping back to normal in the suburb. Residents of the area, however, reveal the fear that pervades the area.

Along with Sachin alias Gotya Dhavade, one more person was killed in the attack by 10-15 persons in broad daylight in Bhosari on Thursday. Gotya Dhavade was the main accused in the murder of BJP leader Ankush Landge and was out on bail. Landge's son and two others have been arrested by the Bhosari police so far.

Though residents go about their business as usual, they fear a retaliatory attack from Dhavade's associates. Groups of youngsters can be spotted discussing the incident and the aftermath in hushed tones. "Anything can happen here anytime. Till the police are here nothing will happen, but when they are gone, just wait and see what will happen," says an elderly resident.

The Bhosari police, however, discount the possibility of another attack. Two police vans with 20-odd policemen have been stationed in Dhavadevasti 24X7 to keep trouble-makers away. "We don't see another attack happening again now, but can't say anything about the future," said senior inspector Sudhir Aspat.

The arrest of three persons — including Ankush Landge's son Rahul Landge— in connection with Dhavade's murder has added to the tension in area, said residents. The police, however, said they made the arrests after eyewitness accounts. "There are eyewitnesses to the incident," said Aspat.

In the Landge versus Dhavade rivalry, at least six people have lost their lives since 2006 when Ankush Landge was murdered near his residence in Dhavadevasti. Police said Landge was killed by Gotya Dhavade out of old rivalry. Landge, who had won three civic elections from Bhosari by a landslide margin, was president of the BJP Pimpri-Chinchwad unit when he was murdered.

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