India gangster Arun Gawli jailed for life

Arun Gawli being taken to court
Image caption Gawli was convicted of murder along with 11 others

A court in India has sentenced gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli to life imprisonment for murder.

Gawli and 11 others were found guilty of murdering Kamlakar Jamsandekar, a Mumbai politician from the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, in 2008.

The court also convicted him for extortion and for being a member of the "organised crime syndicate".

Gawli was elected to the Maharashtra state assembly in 2004 from the Akhil Bharatiya Sena party.

"Instead of death I am giving you life imprisonment," Judge Prithviraj Chavan said.

The court also ordered him to pay a fine of 1.7m rupees ($30,532; £19,344).

Police say Gawli's gang was paid 3m rupees ($53,883; £34,136) for killing the politician over a land deal.

During arguments in the court, Gawli argued that there was no reason for him to kill for such a "paltry" sum.

He said he would appeal against his conviction.

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