IN THE biggest-ever Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) crackdown in the state, the Nagpur Police have booked 28 people from four gangs – operated by Raju Bhadre, Santosh Ambekar, Goldie alias Jhujhar Singh and Mukesh Taywade – under the Act since Wednesday. The initiative is to curb organised crime as the city has recently fetched for itself the tag of ‘crime capital.’
Last year, 80 persons were booked in 12 cases under the stringent Act.”Four gangs being gagged in four days under the Act with 28 persons being booked is a sort of record. There is no known history of such a largescale MCOCA action anywhere in the state,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Ranjan Sharma told The Indian Express.
Last year, Nagpur police had registered a maximum of 38 Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act cases in the state. The gang operated by Raju Bhadre was recently found to be behind the abduction of real estate businessman Ajay Raut. Raut was released after he paid Rs 1 crore to his abductors after taking the amount on credit from Bhadre, who, incidentally, is already in jail under MCOCA. It later turned out that Bhadre himself had got Raut abducted.
The Taywade gang was behind abduction of schoolboy Chaitanya Ashtankar last month. The police had managed to free Chaitanya from his abductors and six members of the gang were slapped with MCOCA recently. Taywade, however, is still at large and the police are on the lookout for him.
The police had, earlier this month, demystified the impression that Nagpur had become crime capital of the state by putting out statistics where major crimes showed decline.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, whose name was getting cited every time the crime scene was discussed in the media, has said that he had ordered a crackdown on gangsters. “I had directed ruthless crackdown on criminals,” Fadnavis said. He patted the leadership of Commissioner of Police S P Yadav for good work.
He also said that good officers are unwilling to come to Vidarbha, where per capita incidence of crime is higher than rest of the state due to large number of petty offences. “Like Revenue Department, the state government will formulate a policy to ensure that good police officers don’t hesitate to come to Vidarbha,” he said.