The Pune police have invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MOCCA) against eight members of the Janglya, alias Vishal Satpute, gang. The gang members have been identified as Mangesh Sham Satpute (29) of Vaiduwadi, Hadapsar, Shankar Tipanna Koli (26) of Ghorpade Peth, Ganesh Shankar Pawar (28) of PMC Colony, Tushar Sham Satpute (27) of Hadapsar, Shukrakumar, alias Sonu Ranpise, of PMC Colony, Ghorpade Peth, Subhash Babu Gadam (26), Sadiq Salim Ansari (24) of Ghorpade Peth, Siddhartha Ram Lokhande of Ganj Peth.
Police said that Mangesh, Shankar and Ganesh were arrested in the Kunal Pol murder case, and were out on bail. On November 28 and 29, 2016, the two, along with their aides, had allegedly demanded extortion money of Rs 10 lakh from building contractor Asif Maulana Shaikh at gunpoint.
While probing Shaikh’s case, the eight were arrested and it was revealed that all were members of the Satpute gang and had been committing organised crimes.
Senior police inspector Sambhaji Shirke of Khadak police station submitted a proposal before additional commissioner of police Shashikant Shinde to invoke the stringent MCOCA against them.
A press release was later issued by the Pune police on Wednesday that mentions invoking the MCOCA against the eight. Assistant commissioner of police Sharad Ugle is investigating the case.