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Kopargaon, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
|Occupation||Gangster, contract killer, extortionist, racketeer,|
Criminal activities 
Arun Gawli's gang is based at Dagdi Chawl in Byculla- Saat Rasta, Mumbai. He started his criminal activities there and used the rooms there for keeping kidnapped persons, torturing them, extorting money from them and murdering them. The police raided the premises several times and finally broke his operations.
He has been arrested several times for criminal activities and detained for long periods during trial. However, he could not be convicted in most of the cases as witnesses would not depose against him for fear. He was finally convicted for murder of Shiv Sena leader Kamalakar Jamsandekar by a court in August 2012. Gawli and eleven others were found guilty of Jamsandekar's murder.
Due to lax laws that permit criminals to fight elections and as with several other criminals in India, Gawli also entered politics and formed his political party. In 2004, he was elected as a MLA from the Mumbai Chinchpokli Constituency as an Akhil Bharatiya Sena candidate.
Gawli's political designs suffered a major blow when his nephew and party legislator, Sachin Ahir, came out openly against him and joined Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party. He even contested against Gawli in the subsequent Lok Sabha elections on a Nationalist Congress Party ticket, resulting in defeat for them both, but victory for the Shiv Sena's sitting MP Mohan Rawle. His daughter was recently elected as a corporator to the Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
He had got political patronage in 1980s when the Shiv Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, had criticised the Mumbai police for taking stringent action against Hindu gangsters like Arun Gawli and Amar Naik gang and referred 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 mid-1990s, murdered Shiv Sena men and formed his own political party.
See also 
The Dark Face of Mumbai http://www.countercurrents.org/sharan251010.htm
- "Gawli convicted in Sena corporator’s murder". The Hindu. August 24 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.