Police appeals for death sentence for Gawli & Co
The police on Friday said it seeks capital punishment for underworld gangster Arun Gawli and 11 others, who were convicted on Friday for the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said that he has already spoken to special public prosecutor Raja Thakare and that he would argue for the maximum punishment under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
The special MCOCA court will decide on the quantum of punishment on Monday.
Geeta Gawli, Arun Gawli’s daughter, said, “My father has already spent more than four years behind bars. We are waiting to find out the quantum of punishment awarded by the court. Depending on that, we will contest the judgment before a higher court.”
On March 2, 2007, two contract killers had barged into Jamsandekar’s house at Asalpha, Ghatkopar, and shot him dead. Sadashiv Surve, Jamsandekar’s rival, had paid Gawli Rs30 lakh to kill the three-time corporator over a land dispute.
On Friday, before the court proceedings began, Gawli, clad in his trademark white cap, white shirt and white pyjama, and the other accused, were brought in and made to stand in the dock specially created in the MCOCA court.
Gawli appeared to panic a bit when the court observed that the prosecution had proved the involvement of 12 persons in Jamsandekar’s murder and read out the names, starting with him.
Gawli was convicted on the basis of the confessional statements of five persons, who said the don had paid them money to eliminate Jamsandekar.
The special public prosecutor sought for capital punishment for all the accused, while their advocate Girish Kulkarni appealed that the convicts be sentenced to life imprisonment. The arguments will be heard on Monday, after which the court will decide the quantum of sentence.