Police recover Gawli gang's account books
In a major setback to the Gawli gang, police have recovered books of accounts having details of the incomes and expenditures of the syndicate since 2003 which were maintained by an arrested gang member.
"The books were recovered from the residence of Suresh Patil in Byculla the day before Monday which have records of every monetary transaction of the gang since 2003," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria told reporters.
Suresh Patil was arrested from Sangli district last month in connection with the Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandikar murder case.
Gangster-turned-MLA Gawli has already been arrested along with 17 others and booked under the stringent MCOCA in the case.
Maria, however, refused to divulge any specific details about the gang's transactions saying investigations are on or the quantum of the gang's turnover saying assessment of the same is on.
According to Maria, the books are "black and white" evidence which will help the police in finding more details about the activities of the gang, its funding and its investments.
Entries in the books have not been made in code words, Maria said, adding that the police will be reporting about the transactions to the Income Tax Department.
"The books have details of each and every expenditure of the gang while any payment above Rs five lakh used to go to Patil for which he had earned the alias `Bada Bank' within the gang," Maria said.