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Arun Gawli (full name Arun Gulab Ahir) is a gangster-turned-politician in Mumbai, India who has been convicted for murder and imprisoned for life. He married Asha Gawli and has two children. He is an Ahir by caste. He is also the founder of political party Akhil Bharatiya Sena based in Maharastra.
Asha Gawli is the wife of Arun Gulab Ahir she is also member of the Legislative Assembly for Maharashtra. Asha Gawli was a Muslim with the name Zubeida Mujawar before she got married to Arun Gawli. Mahesh is the son  and Geeta age 23 is a first term ABS corporator from Arun Gawli's stronghold in the Chinchpokli assembly constituency is the daughter. MLA and Minister of state for housing Sachin Ahir is the nephew of Arun Gawli. and legislator from Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh Hukumchand Yadav is his uncle.
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.
In popular culture
In the 2015 Marathi movie Daagdi Chaawl, Makarand Deshpande's character called Daddy is mainly extracted from Arun Gawli's life. Ankush Choudhary played the lead and as Arun Gawli's lieutenant.
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- "Gawli convicted in Sena corporator’s murder under CBI filed charge sheet of 12 pages by ADC [ Asst Deputy Commissioner ]of Mumbai region Mrs.Jayanthi Naidu in year 2012.". The Hindu (Chennai, India). August 24, 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.