By India Crime Correspondent
Pune, 16th July 2023
- Organized Crime Under Scrutiny
- Multiple Offenses Committed by Gang Prompt Stringent Action
- Police Commissioner Takes Decisive Action to Curb Gang’s Criminal Activities
- MCOCA Imposed for Reign of Terror
- Notorious Gang Faces Stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)
Police Commissioner Retesh Kumaarr has taken a resolute step by imposing the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on the notorious Gaikwad gang, which has been responsible for orchestrating a wave of terror and engaging in widespread vehicle vandalism in the Sahakarnagar area.
This decision follows a series of serious criminal offenses previously registered against the gang.
Gang Leader and Accomplices Named
The gang, led by Siddharth Vijay Gaikwad (22), hailing from Annabhau Sathe Colony, Aranyeshwar, includes members such as Ram Rajabhau Umap (23), Sunny alias Kiran Kailas Pardeshi (27), and others.
A total of 13 individuals have been named in connection with various criminal activities.
Gang’s Involvement in 14 Recorded Criminal Incidents
The Gaikwad gang has been directly linked to 14 documented criminal incidents. Siddharth, the gang’s leader, strategically orchestrated these acts of terror to establish dominance and reap financial gains.
The gang’s activities were concentrated primarily in Sahakarnagar, Bharti Vidyapeeth, Swargate, Dattawadi, Kondhwa, Market Yard, and Bibvewadi areas.
Proposal for MCOCA Submission
The MCOCA proposal against the gang was presented by Sahakarnagar Senior Police Inspector Surendra Malale to Additional Commissioner Pravin Kumar Patil via DCP (Zone 2) Smartana Patil.
The investigation into the matter is being spearheaded by ACP Narayan Shirgaonkar.
The operation was executed under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Retesh Kumaarr, Joint Commissioner Sandeep Karnik, Additional Commissioner of Police Pravin Kumar Patil, Deputy Commissioner Smartana Patil, ACP Narayan Shirgaonkar, Senior Police Inspector Surendra Malale, Police Inspector Sandeep Deshmane, and several dedicated police personnel.
A Conclusive Response to Criminal Gangs
Commissioner of Police Retesh Kumaarr has initiated a rigorous campaign against organized criminal gangs, directing all police officers and personnel to closely monitor these gangs involved in acts of violence and terror.
The objective is to uproot crime comprehensively. The recent imposition of MCOCA marks the action against the 36th gang as part of this determined effort.
Crimes and Eradication Efforts
Wide Range of Offenses Targeted in the Drive Against Gang Activities
These gangs have been implicated in organized criminal activity, threats of violence, robbery, theft, possession of lethal weapons, attempted culpable homicide, severe injury, unlawful assembly, public assault, dangerous weapon possession, destruction of public property, and other offenses.
The police remain steadfast in their commitment to maintaining law and order, ensuring the safety of the community.