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Pune gangsters Marne and Ghaywal shifted to separate prisons over security concerns

Police officials said that overcrowding in prisons has become a challenge during the pandemic as inmates have to be segregated and kept physically distant from each other, particularly those from rival gangs.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: April 6, 2021 8:56:53 pm
Nilesh Ghaywal, Gajanan MarneNilesh Ghaywal (L) and Gajanan Marne (R).

Gangsters Gajanan Marne and Nilesh Ghaywal, who were sent to preventive detention in Yerawada Central Prison under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleggers, Drug Offenders and Dangerous Persons Act, 1981 (MPDA), have been shifted respectively to Nagpur and Amravati Central Prisons over concerns that having two rival gang leaders in one prison could cause security issues, officials from Pune rural police said.

“The two gangsters are known rivals of each other and having them incarcerated in one prison is a security concern. Keeping this in mind, the process to move them to separate prisons was recently initiated and completed on Monday,” the police said in a statement. Nagpur Central Prison and Amravati Central Prison are among the nine high-security prisons in the state.

The gangs led by Marne (54) and Ghaywal (44) are two among the 11 organised crime outfits active in Pune and its surrounding areas, according to the latest police reports. Marne was recently released from Taloja Central prison after he was acquitted in murders of two members of Ghaywal’s gang in 2014.

A massive car rally was held by Marne’s supporters from Taloja to his home in Kothrud after his release in February, leading to several offences being registered against him and his aides. Marne was sent to Yerawada Prison under preventive detention recently after being arrested by Pune rural police from Satara while on the run. Ghaywal, who used to be an aide of Marne in the early 2000s, has a total of 12 offences registered against him, including cases of murder, attempt to murder and extortion.

Recently, Ghaywal was sent to Yerawada Prison after the Pune District Collector gave his approval to charge Ghaywal under the MPDA Act. In district jurisdictions, the collector is the competent authority under the MPDA, being the administrative in-charge of law and order. Police records show that Marne and Ghaywal used to operate together from 2000 till 2003. The two separated later and multiple clashes between their two outfits have been reported, including murders and attempts on life of rival gang members.

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