MCOCA slapped on seven kid­nap­pers

They ab­ducted two jew­ellers, de­manded ransom, took away gold jew­ellery

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

With the ar­rest of seven peo­ple, the Navi Mumbai po­lice claimed to have busted a huge kid­nap­ping and ex­tor­tion racket that had been op­er­at­ing across Ma­ha­rash­tra for the past sev­eral years.

All seven ac­cused have been booked un­der Ma­ha­rash­tra Con­trol of Or­gan­ised Crime Act (MCOCA). The po­lice have also re­cov­ered two cars and gold jew­ellery from them.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the gang kid­napped two jew­ellers — one is from Kharghar, the sec­ond from Ahmedabad — from Kharghar on March 25. They later called their fam­ily mem­bers and de­manded Rs1-crore ransom.

When the fam­i­lies said that they were un­able to pay such a huge amount, the gang brought down the amount to Rs10 lakh.

Af­ter three days of kid­nap­ping them, the Ahmedabad jew­eller’s fam­ily gave Rs2.5 lakh and the ac­cused re­leased both of them but took away his gold jew­ellery.

“The fam­ily mem­bers of the Ahmedabad jew­eller got scared and they tried to get him re­leased by ne­go­ti­at­ing the ex­tor­tion. The Kharghar fam­ily reg­is­tered an FIR with us. We had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case since then,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Kharghar po­lice sta­tion.

The seven gang mem­bers have ar­rested over the past two weeks from dif­fer­ent places of the state. They have been iden­ti­fied as Appa Mane, 25, Nitin Kadam alias Kat­appa, 26, Arvind Pawar alias Pinto, 28, Te­jash Patil, 24, Amol Mane, 22, San­deepan Bhos­ale, 42, and Dhanaji Sakarkar, 35.

“Since we have ap­plied or­gan­ised crime act, the case has been trans­ferred to an as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice level for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” the of­fi­cer said.

Prakash Nil­warkar, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Pan­vel unit), said, “This gang had also been op­er­at­ing at places such as Os­man­abad, Satara, Pune, Bara­mati among oth­ers. They had been com­mit­ting such crimes is an or­gan­ised way for a long time and so we have booked them un­der MCOCA.”

“Many other peo­ple from west­ern Ma­ha­rash­tra are also in­volved with this gang. While we have ar­rested seven, the names of four other ac­cused have been pro­cured. Our teams have left the city to look for them,” said an­other po­lice of­fi­cer from Kharghar po­lice sta­tion. The man­gled SUV af­ter a dumper hit it at Be­la­pur on Satur­day.

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