Nagpur: Seven persons of dreaded German-Japan gang has been booked under stringent Maharashtra control of organized crime Act (MCOCA) by the Special investigation team (SIT) of city police crime branch. Four persons of the gang are already behind bars while three of them are yet to be taken into custody.
The latest MCOCA has been invoked in a case registered at Gittikhadan police station in May last month regarding forcible eviction of widow Samsunnisa Ismail Pathan from the primary school her family owned at Progressive society near Jaffar Nagar. The family had been operating the school at the society since 1995. It was forcefully closed down by the Jarman Japan gang in 2013 after the death of Samsunnisa’s husband. SIT had ensured the school re-opened this year after registering the offence.
The persons arrested have been identified as Azhar Khan, Raja Khan, Amjad Khan and Javed Ansari. DCP, crime (Detection) Sambhaji Kadam and ACP (crime) Somnath Vaghchoure said Azhar is the gang leader now. Raja and Amjad are his elder brothers. Their father, Rashid, who is yet to be arrested, has been slapped with MCOCA too. Azhar’s cousin Parvez, having 15 offences against him, is also booked but not nabbed yet. Police said Wasim khan, among the ones booked under MCOCA, is behind bar in another case now.
SIT head Kadam, while addressing a press conference on Saturday, said the gang had already 12 offences against them in the past while four are now being probed. “The latest MCOCA is second by SIT after Dilip Gwalbanshi and third in the city this year. Some more are under considerations,” said Kadam.