Haryana to have customised Act to tackle organised crime
To ensure that there is no scope of this law being misused as was the case with TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive activities (prevention) Act, the state police department decided to customise it as per its requirements, and the law and order situation.gurgaon Updated: Jul 17, 2017 23:20 IST
To tackle organised crime and the growing network of criminals spread across the state, Haryana will soon have a law on the lines of Maharashtra Control of Organized Crimes Act (MCOCA) after customisation as per the local needs.
To ensure that there is no scope of this law being misused as was the case with TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive activities (prevention) Act, the state police department decided to customise it as per its requirements, and the law and order situation.
The state police recently appointed an IG rank official to study MCOCA, and the first draft of HCOCA (Haryana Control of Organised Crimes Act) to make suggestions that will form the basis of this overarching Act that is needed to neutralise criminals active in the state.
Additional director general of police, (law and order), Muhammad Akil told Hindustan Times that there is a need for HCOCA to meet the challenge being posed by organised crime syndicates that are spread across Haryana, and Delhi-NCR.
“HCOCA will be formed taking into account the local needs and challenges that the police face in handling criminal networks. The law will have adequate safeguards, checks and balances but enough teeth to check crime,” said Akil.
The ADGP, who was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Gurgaon on Sunday, also said the state government was entirely in favour of bringing such an Act into force, and had asked the police to prepare a blueprint on the basis of which it could be formulated.
“Apart from HCOCA, the state is also setting up a special state-level task force in Gurgaon that will check organised crime, drugs-related crimes and extortion. All this is going to be a force multiplier,” he said.
During a recent meeting with top officials, including the state home secretary Ram Niwas and DGP BS Sandhu, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had asked the officers to study MCOCA so that a similar Act could be enacted in Haryana. However, sources said there was apprehension in certain sections regarding the introduction of such an Act.
The Gurgaon police, which often faces off with organised criminals, wants HCOCA to come soon.
Police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said there is no reason to fear that this law could be misused as there are numerous checks in the system.
“A lot has been learnt after the implementation of TADA and POTA so these mistakes can be avoided. Also there are numerous bodies to keep a check on HCOCA,” Khirwar said