Gajanan Ghadge, a former deputy sarpanch of Khursapur village in the district who was named by Arvind Kejriwal as someone whose land was given away to the Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari's firms, has been missing since Wednesday evening, his family said.
Durga Ghadge, his wife, said her husband was missing. "If he does not come back by Friday morning, we will lodge a police complaint," she told reporters.
However, earlier in the day, Gajanan Ghadge himself purportedly told a television news channel from an undisclosed location that there was no wrongdoing on Gadkari's part, and though his land had been acquired, he was still cultivating it.
India Against Corruption leaders Kejriwal and Anjali Damania had alleged on Wednesday that former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar gave away farmers' lands near Wadgaon dam in Nagpur district, acquired by the state earlier, to Gadkari's firms.
However, Sudhir Diwe, the managing director of Gadkari's Purti Sugar factory, said Ghadge was a shareholder of the factory, and still cultivated his land, though he did not own it anymore.