Prakash Sawla remanded to police custody

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Mumbai, Jun 17 (UNI) A MCOCA court today remanded matka king Prakash Sawla to police custody till July 1 and others, including gangster-turned- politician Arun Gawli, in judicial custody till the same date in connection with the Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamshandekar murder case.

Moving the remand application, Additional Public Prosecutor Kalpana Chavan told the court that the investigating agency wanted to complete investigations pertaining to financial dealings of Sawla and therefore his custody was necessary.

Maharashtra Control for Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court Judge Y D Shinde then remanded Sawla to police custody till July 1 and others in judicial custody till the same date.

Sawla, who was arrested last week, had allegedly paid Rs five lakh to Gawli for Jamshandekar's elimination.

During the interrogation of a co-accused, it came to light that Sawla used to pay money to Gawli for organising socio-cultural functions like Navratri celebration, Ganpati celebration, besides providing for the gangster-turned-politician's other needs to run underworld syndicate activities.

Among other accused are Dinesh Narkar, Srikrishna Gurav alias Babu, Vijay Kumar Giri, Narendra Giri, Anil Giri, Ashok Jaiswal, Sahebrao Bhaintude, Sadashiv Surve, Surendra Panchal and Sandeep Dongan. All of them were booked under sections 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 3 (1)(ii), 3 (2), 3(4) and 4 of stingent MCOCA and 3 and 25 of the Arms Act.

Gawli had given a 'supari' (contract) of Rs 60,000 to kill Jamshandekar through his associate and Akhil Bharatiya Sena member Srikrishna Gurav alias Babu.


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