MCOCA pins down 181 Dawood gangsters; 117 of Chota Rajan

MCOCA pins down 181 Dawood gangsters; 117 of Chota Rajan
Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Police has booked 181 members of Dawood Ibrahim gang under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime (Prevention) Act (MCOCA), while 117 suspected members of Dawood's rival Chota Rajan gang are also behind the bars under the same Act that came into force seven years ago.

Ever since the law came into force in 1999, Mumbai Police has exercised powers granted by the law to tackle underworld with an iron fist.

The action taken under the law has not only helped Mumbai Police to keep the underworld activities under check, but also have more jail terms due to higher conviction rate. "The conviction rate under MCOCA is a huge 62 per cent," DCP Crime, Mumbai, Dhananjay Kamalakar told reporters today.

Police has also booked 197 other gangsters, including some associates of gangster turned politician, Arun Gawli, sources said.

The Act, the first of its kind in the country, was chalked down by the likes of former DGP, S S Puri and former Mumbai Crime Branch chief and now Thane police commissioner D Sivanandan.

It allows for longer custodial remand of the accused, and makes electronic intelligence admissible as evidence, police sources said.

Enacted when the underworld activities were at peak in Mumbai, the MCOCA has been increasingly used by Mumbai Police to tackle the underworld, with 2005 witnessing maximum 27 cases involving over 60 gangsters and associates.

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