Once upon a time, the Mumbai underworld was decoyed in organized crime. Mumbai is the largest city in India and also its financial capital. Over a period of time, several counterparts have dominated the Mumbai underworld. A Kolkata resident in his late thirties has been arrested by the Maharashtra ATS for threatening Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Palash Bose is a gym instructor by profession. He had posed as a gang member of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and threatened Raut. He had threatened the Shiv Sena MP of dire consequences through calls, text messages, and even video calls. Bose had made internet phone calls to threaten Raut, with the help of which the police managed to trace him to Kolkata. This is not the first time that the Shiv Sena leaders are attacked by the Dawood gang. If we look into flashback, Shiv Sena always had a threat to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Dew years back, unidentified assailants stabbed former Shiv Sena corporator Ashok Sawant to death outside his house in Kandivali.
Sixty-two-year-old Sawant, a two-time corporator, is the brother of assistant police commissioner Subhash Sawant, who is attached to the anti-terrorism squad. Sawant the Cop was instrumental in many underworld encounters. The incident took place when Ashok Sawant was returning home after meeting a friend. Two men, who had been waiting in a vehicle outside his house in the Sur building in Samta Nagar, accosted him and attacked him with choppers before fleeing. One of the accused, Jagga, is a well-known criminal. Sawant had got into the cable business a few years ago. Two other Shiv Sena leaders, including the deputy leader of the party’s Ahmednagar unit, were shot dead in Ahmednagar’s Kedgaon area. Two people attacked Sanjay Kotkar, deputy chief of the city unit, and party leader Vasant Thube. Both were killed on the spot. Reports suggest they were first shot at and later killed with sharp weapons. The partly burnt body of a Shiv Sena functionary Shailesh Nimse was found in a village in Shahapur taluka of Thane. Nimse was deputy vice-president of the Shahapur taluka unit. He was murdered and the body was burnt to destroy evidence. Passersby near the Devchola village found his body. The head of a unit of the Sena, Ramesh Jadhav, reportedly attempted to resolve an argument between two groups outside his house in suburban Malad when he was attacked. The attacker, an individual identified only as Sohail, stabbed Jadhav with a sharp object resulting in injuries to the neck and though he was taken to hospital, the party activist succumbed to his injuries. On 19 October 2017, another Shiv Sena worker was shot dead by unidentified persons at Punawale near Pune. Raju Dashile, a local unit chief, was sitting outside his office when some unidentified persons opened fire at him and fled, they said. Since 2014, many Shiv Sainiks across Maharashtra brutally attacked, killed, and murdered. Surprisingly, Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut both are silent on these ongoing killings of Sainiks. Last night, Sachin Sawant, a former Deputy Shakha Pramukh of the Shiv Sena was shot dead. The unidentified shooters shot three rounds at Sawant and then fled from the spot on a two-wheeler.
Earlier, on April 7, two Sena leaders — Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube were shot and stabbed to death in the Kedgaon area of Ahmednagar, followed by the brutal murder of Sena worker, Shailesh Nimse from Bhiwandi taluka. Meanwhile, the initial probe into the murder of Nimse, who was set ablaze in Bhiwandi in a bid to prevent his identification, has revealed that there were two masked men seen escorting him to the location where his body was found. No one knows where this is going to end, why Shiv Sainiks are under attack, who is their rival or is it a new era, gang war?
Arun Gulab Ahir, who is now an Indian politician, now was a former gangster. Gawli and his brother Kishor (Pappa) entered the Mumbai underworld in the 1970s when they joined the “Byculla Company”, a criminal gang led by Rama Naik and Babu Reshim, operating in the central Mumbai areas of Byculla, Parel, and Saat Rasta. In 1988, after Rama Naik was killed in a police encounter, Gawli took over the gang and began operating it from his residence, Dagdi Chawl. Under his control, the gang-controlled most criminal activities in the central Mumbai areas. Throughout the late eighties and nineties, Gawli’s gang was involved in a power struggle with Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company gang. Gawli is also the founder of the Akhil Bharatiya Sena political party based in Maharashtra. Gawli got political patronage in the 1980s when the then Shiv Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, criticised the Mumbai police for taking stringent action against Hindu gangsters like Arun Gawli and Sai Bansod, referring to them as Amchi Muley (our boys). Thackeray was challenged by a rival gangster in an open letter carried on the front page of a city tabloid. However, Gawli fell out with Shiv Sena in the mid-1990s, murdered Shiv Sena men, and formed his own political party, the Akhil Bharatiya Sena. In 2004, Gawli was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Mumbai Chinchpokli constituency as an Akhil Bharatiya Sena candidate. Gawli’s rise in prominence is believed to be due to his “native roots” as a local lad, which makes him distinct from most other non-Marathi-speaking politicians. Gawli’s daughter Geeta was recently elected as a corporator to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The only underworld don who never flees from the country, he very well stayed here and gave tough fights in spite of being in jail. These days Shiv Sena leaders are randomly killed in each part of Maharashtra as if the gang war has returned. No one knows the reason why and who is killing him or her, in some murder cases the BJP leaders are arrested, but most of the cases still clueless.
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