Mumbai: A Special Court has announced life sentence for gangster turned politician Arun Gawli who was convicted on August 27 in Shiv Sena corporator’s murder case. Corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar was killed four years back.

During last hearing, when arguments on sentencing were on in the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) Court, the once feared underworld don had told Special Judge that there was no reason for him to kill Sena Corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar for a "paltry" amount of Rs 30 lakh. On May 21 this year, police had arrested 16 people including Gawli in Kamlakar murder case of March 2008. During trial, three of the 16 accused were freed by the special court due to lack of evidence whereas one has already died.

Gawli has been convicted for murder and criminal conspiracy by the special court on last Friday. According to the chargesheet filed in the court, Gawli gang was paid Rs 30 Lakh to kill Shiv Sena Corporator. Kamlakar was shot dead in March 2008.

According to the police, Shahabrao Bhintade and Bala Surve, beloved to be political and business rivals of Sena corporator Kamlakar, had given the killing contract to Gawli. Both were having the rivalry in construction business and local politics with Kamlakar. Surve died during the trial of the case.

(JPN)

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