Gawli charged under MCOCA for Sena corporator's murder

Mumbai: A special MCOCA court on Thursday framed charges against gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli and 13 others in connection with the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandiker.

Gawli and the other accused have been charged under the stringent provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including murder.

The trial in the case would begin from October 12 in the court of special MCOCA Judge R G Avachat.

According to the prosecution, Gawli took 'supari' (contract killing sum) of Rs 30 lakh from a local property developer to eliminate Jamsandiker.

Jamsandiker was killed in March 2008 at his Asalpha residence in suburban Ghatkopar. Two persons, namely Sahebrao Bintade and Bala Surve, allegedly paid Gawli to kill Jamsandikar over a property dispute.

Gawli was arrested on May 21, 2008 and has been in custody since then. He has also been booked in an extortion case, where he has been accused of demanding money from a local builder.

The MCOCA court had in July this year granted bail to Gawli in the extortion case.