Arun Gawali – Original Don of Mumbai

Maharashtra State News Headlines

In early 90′s, when Mumbai’s gang war was in its prime stage, Arun Gawli aka “daddy” was the only don who never left Mumbai. He was the only don that fought with his enemies in his backyard, the famous “Dagadi Chawl”, never turned back on his friends.

Arun Gawli’s history shows that he was very good at what he did. His father was a mill worker. He tried to help out his father and took a job in a factory. but he thought that I can do much better than this, so he left his job and returned to his home at Dagadi Chawl. Later he returned to the crime world and decided to start over as a gangster. He then made friends like Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Rajan. But after his brother Papa Gawli became the victim of the gang war, Arun Gawli formed his own group and started to terrorised the Mumbaikars.

Gawli was a ace gangster. His targets were fixed and mostly it was well known businessmen, politicians, traders and other gangsters. After Mumbai police opened a mission to finish the gang war in Mumbai, Gawli entered in politics and formed his own political party; Akhil Bhartiy Sena. In 2004, he got elected in Chinchpokali constituency.

In 1986, Karim Lala’s nephew Samad Khan’s murderer Rama Nayak supported Gawli and gave him shelter and indirectly became responsible to make him Mumbai’s don. From 1986 to 2005 almost 15 cases were registered against him officially, but not a single offense was proven to be correct by the Police.

There was a time when Gawli got support from Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. Thackeray in a rally publically said that If Pakistan has Dawood, we have Arun Gawli. But when Gawli murdered Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar, Shiv Sena sorted the ways out with Gawli. Currently Gawli is in the prison for the same case.

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