Nagpur: The cops of Crime Branch of Nagpur Police are tightening the noose around criminals and accused. The MCOCA drive has clearly established a fear among criminal elements in the city. In another fresh drive, a 16-year-old boy and two boys aged 17 years were among eight persons who were booked under sections of Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) for their alleged involvement in a murder at Rambagh in February 2016.
Several gangs are behind bars after being booked by the city police this year under MCOCA. The number of such cases has already reached a benchmark, with more than 60 goons brought under its purview.
MCOCA has been said to be invoked against Mayur Phule, Amol Waghmare, Ritesh Tayade, Abhay Kamble, Himanshu Nandgave and the three minors based on their past criminal records which led to the stringent actions. The culprits were allegedly named in the murder case of Anil Wanjare on February 14, 2016.
Wanjare was killed for intervening in a fight in which his brother-in-law Akshay Fusare was involved. Kamble, named as an accused, had entered into a fight with Fusare. Wanjare came to support Fusare while Phule rushed to help Kamble. Phule and Wanjare exchanged heated words and threatened each other.
Wanjare, Fusare and his elder brother were attacked by Phule, Kamble and their accomplices with sharp weapons. It’s learnt that Wanjare was assaulted the most by the assailants, who also smashed his head with a boulder while Fusare brothers managed to flee with injuries.
An offence of murder was registered at Imambada police station. After a detailed investigation carried out under the direction of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-IV) Ishu Sindhu, the proposal to apply MCOCA was placed before Addional Commissioner of Police Shrikant Tarwade, who approved the move.