Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, who has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case, was released from Nagpur Central Jail on Tuesday afternoon to facilitate his attendance at his only son Mahesh’s wedding this weekend.
Gawli has been granted 15 days parole to attend the function in Mumbai. The mood is upbeat at the Gawli home. The family is elated, and the area around the Gawli residence in Byculla-Saat Rasta area, from where he had risen to prominence is all decked up for the short homecoming of whom his corporator daughter describes as their “king”.
“The preparations for the wedding have been under way for a long time… we’ve decorated the house…made lots of homemade food… we are excited and the neighbourhood is alive once again. It will be a brief homecoming of a king,” said his daughter Geeta Gawli, a corporator at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Gawli’s only son, Mahesh (27) will tie the knot with Krutika Ahir (20) of Nagpur at a venue in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, on May 9.
In 2012, Arun Gawli had been convicted for the murder of Shiv Sena leader Kamlakar Jamsandekar. “He was released at 1 pm Tuesday and is expected to be back in jail in a fortnight,” said Meeran Borwankar, Additional Inspector General of Police (Prisons).