In the view of increasing number of violent clashes between rival groups, the police have started updating data base of people with criminal antecedents in such areas.
In the latest such incident on Sunday evening, a group of about 15 armed men attacked a youth with sharp weapons and went on a rampage damaging several private vehicles parked on roads in Lakshman Nagar area of Thergaon.
Earlier, on May 20, about 15 people armed with sharp weapons damaged a number of private vehicles after attacking two youths at Nehru Nagar in Pimpri. A similar incident was reported in the jurisdiction of Pune rural police where locals vandalised 10 private vehicles in Paud on May 30.
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Pune city police commissioner K K Pathak said, “We have started updating the list of gangsters in the city. New names will be added. We will re-look at their crime history and rivalries. The stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) will be invoked against the dreaded gangsters. Also, I have asked the deputy commissioners of all zones to identify the places where in such incidents of gang skirmishes and goons damaging private vehicles are likely. We will increased police patrolling at these places.”
The youth injured in attack in Thergaon has been identified as Sandip Pawar (26), a resident of Lakshman Nagar. An offence of attempt to murder and rioting has been registered against the suspects, including one Rohit Gaikwad and his 10 to 15 aides, at the Wakad police station.
Primary investigations revealed there was some dispute between Gaikwad and Pawar’s friend. Armed with sharp weapons, Gaikwad and his aides reached Lakshman Nagar around 9 am but they did not find the man with whom Gaikwad had a dispute. The group, however, found Pawar at the spot and allegedly attacked him with a sharp weapon. Pawar collapsed in a pool of blood following the brutal assault on his face.
Meanwhile, Gaikwad and his aides allegedly damaged about 10 private vehicles and a shop in the area, triggering panic among residents. The police have managed to arrest six suspects in this case and a search is on for others.