Navi Mumbai police has slapped the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) on the six accused in the dacoity at a finance company in Nerul, earlier this year.
The criminals who are part of a gang, have several cases of HBT and dacoity lodged against them from different parts of the country.
The gang had looted around 21kg of gold, following the dacoity at Popular Finance company office in Seawoods area.
The incident had occurred on August 6. Following investigations the crime branch managed to nab the 6 accused that included a woman. They are Aprutraj Nadar, Iqbal Pathan, Subramaniam Tevar, Sudistraj Nadar, Revti Nadar and Tamil Pallar. Aprtraj has over 30 cases and Iqbal over 60 cases registered against him.
The dacoity at Seawoods had been planned by Iqbal on the basis of information from his tippers. Police had recovered Rs52 lakh worth of stolen property from them. Cops are looking out for four more of their accomplices.
After the dacoity, as per plan, they had abandoned the stolen car at Kalamboli and absconded. Their idea was that there would be a nakabandi soon after the dacoity. From Kalamboli, they took a bus to Dharavi. They had the looted gold in their bag. At Dharavi, they distributed the loot amongst themselves and fled to various locations. Police managed to catch four of the accused from Tamil Nadu and two from Mumbai region.
Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Dilip Sawant said, “The gang would only loot for gold. So people were terrified all over. However, despite being involved in several serious crimes, no strong action had been taken against them. We decided to slap the MCOCA on them.”
He added, “This was the first time that the gang had struck in Navi Mumbai. We want to make sure that none of their other gang members dare to commit a similar crime in the city again. This action will be a strong deterrent. It will also send out a message to other criminals. There have been HBT cases in the city. We have succeeded in nabbing a number of criminals. We want to make sure that after they have served their time, they do not resort to similar acts again.”