2017 figure of gangs in Pune under the stringent MCOCA net beats 2016
In 2015, the year Shukla’s predecessor KK Pathak took office, the number of gangs booked under MCOCA was 17. However, under Shukla’s leadership, the police managed to imprison Kalyani Deshpande, known to be running prostitution dens, under MCOCA.pune Updated: Oct 26, 2017 17:57 IST
The number of gangs from the city booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the first 10 months of 2017 has crossed the total number of cases filed under the Act in 2016. While the number of members in these gangs was 63 in 2016, the figure already stands at 62 this year, according to statistics recorded by the Preventive Crime Branch (PCB) of Pune police.
When asked if the increased number of cases reflects the increased organised crime and, in turn, increased number of gangs in the city, Satish Mane, police inspector, modus operandi bureau (MOB) told HT, “The increased number of cases only reflects the stringent measures taken by the police. This time we have a lot of gangs committing property related offences, booked under MCOCA.”
In the latest addition to the list, Pune police slapped the law against members of a gang of three led by Ajay Prakash Nikalje alias Bhajya, 35, in a case of attempted murder filed against them, said Sudhir Hiremath, deputy commissioner of police, cyber crime and economic offence wing at a press conference on Wednesday. Bhajya, along with Manoj Ramesh Khade and Bholenath Bansode, tried to kill a man called Lakhan Bhanudas Khandagle, over old rivalry, according to the police.
The city police leadership changed hands in 2016 when Rashmi Shukla took over from Satish Mathur, who was appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Maharashtra police. In 2015, the year Shukla’s predecessor KK Pathak took office, the number of gangs booked under MCOCA was 17. However, under Shukla’s leadership, the police managed to imprison Kalyani Deshpande, known to be running prostitution dens, under MCOCA.
The police re-arrested Santosh Chinchaman Chandilkar alias Lubya, 36, a criminal booked under MCOCA who had managed to escape police custody while serving time in Yerawada jail.