Tightening the noose around gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police on Tuesday booked Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS) chief Arun Gawli and seven of his associates under the provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in a case of extortion for which they were already under police custody.
The Crime Branch also arrested six men allegedly involved in the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamshandekar on March 2 last year, who claimed that the murder plot was hatched in Dagdi Chawl by three of Gawli’s associates.
“Today we have applied MCOCA against all eight, including Gawli, in the extortion case registered by us on March 25. We produced them in a special MCOCA court, which has remanded all eight to police custody till May 14. Our investigations will continue in this case,” said Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Rakesh Maria.
Gawli’s lawyer Ishwariprasad Bagadia, however, said that he was not aware of his client being charged under MCOCA as the police had not informed them. “As a result, I was not even present at the special MCOCA court when my client was remanded to police custody. I have still not received the concerned papers, and only after I receive them can we decide on the further course of action,” he told The Indian Express.
Besides Gawli, the others arrested in the extortion case are his younger brother Vijay Ahir, Dinesh Narkar, Sudheer Ghorpade, Ajit Rane, Sanjay Kamble, Shrikrishna Ghurav alias Babu, and Mohammed Shafi Qureshi.
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