PUNE: The city police have arrested a gang of six led for robbing a businessman and invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against them.
The gang was led by a 19-year-old boy identified as Ganesh Kavish Pawar, a resident of Jambhulwadi in Dattanagar.
Police said Pawar and his aides, identified as Krishna Baban Lokhande (20), Ajay Bhagwat Ghadge (21), Shubham Umesh Abnave (21), Ganesh Deepak Renuse (21) and Prajyot Pandurang Bhosale (21), armed with sharp weapons, allegedly robbed gold ornaments worth Rs 3.9 lakh from businessman Dilip Kisan Bhongale (52) at Hadapsar on the night of January 23.
Bhongale had lodged a First Information Report (FIR) at the Hadapsar police station under sections 395 and 392 of the Indian Penal Code, and various sections of the Arms Act.
Senior Police Inspector Balkrushna Kadam submitted a proposal for invoking MCOCA against Pawar and his five aides, all of them around 21 years old. The proposal was forwarded to Additional Commissioner of Police Namdev Chavan through Deputy Commissioner of Police Namrata Patil.
A statement issued by the police on Thursday informed that the proposal to invoke MCOCA against Pawar and his aides has been approved as per the directions of Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta.