MCOCA court extends Gawli's police custody till June 6

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Mumbai, May 30 (UNI) The special MCOCA court today extended till June 6 the police custody of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli and ten others under the stringent Maharashtra Control for Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for their alleged role in the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar in March 2007.

Detection Crime Branch (DCB-CID) moved a remand application, saying the three co-accused -- Ashok Jaiswal, Sandeep Dongan and Srikrishna -- had given confessional statement before the Judicial Magistrate, the copy of which has not yet been received from the court.

Investigating agency further told the court that the investigation into the case has not yet completed and they wanted custody of Gawli and others for further investigation.

Upon this, MCOCA court Judge V B Patil extended the police custody till June 6.

The other accused included Dinesh Narkar, Srikrishna Gurav alias Babu, Vijay Kumar Giri, Narendra Giri, Anil Giri, Ashok Jaiswal, Sahebrao Bhintude, Sadashiv Surve, Surendra Panchal and Sandeep Dongan.

They were booked under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC), 3 (1)(ii), 3 (2), 3(4) and 4 of MCOCA and 3 and 25 of Arms Act.

Initially, Gawli was arrested under the MCOCA in an extortion case on April 21 this year. During the interrogation, it was revealed that he had played a vital role in murder of Jamsandekar.

On May 21, he was booked under MCOCA in this case.

It may be recalled that four accused, who were arrested in murder case earlier, had allegedly told the police that they were given a 'supari' (contract) of Rs 60,000 to kill Jamsandekar by Gawli's associate and Akhil Bharatiya Sena member Srikrishna Gurav alias Babu.

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