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Pune records highest number of MCOCA cases in Maharashtra in 2017

As many as 125 criminals belonging to 19 gangs were booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) during 2017.

pune Updated: Jan 14, 2018 15:31 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Under MPDA, Zone-2 of the city police upheld their position of the highest number of cases recorded in 2017, like 2016.(HT Representative Photo)

City police registered more number of cases under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Criminal Activity (MCOCA) and Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) in 2017 than in 2016, according to the statistics released by the police.

As many as 125 criminals belonging to 19 gangs were booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) during 2017, taking the city at the top slot in the overall MCOCA cases in Maharashtra, according to the statistics released by the police.

According to senior police officials Thane came second in the state with 15 gangs booked under MCOCA.

"Pune recorded the highest number of MCOCA cases in the state of Maharashtra in 2017. Second in the list was Thane with 15 gangs while Pune booked 19 gangs," Rashmi Shukla, commissioner of Pune police said.

Under MPDA, Zone-2 of the city police upheld their position of the highest number of cases recorded in 2017, like 2016. The number of MPDA cases reached 30 in 2017, as against 25 in 2016.

A gang of chain snatchers from Zone 1 and Zone 4 each was booked under MCOCA while two gangs of chain snatchers were booked from Zone 3. Under MPDA, which is also a law for preventive action, 21 people were booked for the crime causing bodily harm.

In a rare case, 23 people booked under the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA) were also booked under MCOCA for having deep-rooted links in the world of prostitution and flesh trade. This was the second such case where MCOCA was invoked. The first was in 2016 when notorious criminal known to run prostitution racket Kalyani Deshpande, was arrested and sent to jail.

In another rare scenario, MCOCA was invoked in a case originally registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. The case was registered in a police station under Zone-4 jurisdiction.

The number of gangs booked under MCOCA for committing organised crime for financial gain was highest in Zone-1, as four gangs were booked under the law.

Suspended police officials also found themselves in the cross hair of the law in 2017, even though it was not the first of its kind. MCOCA was invoked against four suspended police officials, advocate Satish Mancharkar and 12 others including notorious criminal Lubya alias Santosh Chintamani Chandilkar, 36, for conspiring to kill local politician Kailash Kadam.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 15:21 IST