MCOCA will be applied to Sandalwood gangs: CP

Raj Bhavan workers chopped off five sandalwood trees from the trunk of Raj Bhavan . Raj Bhavan police chief Amitesh Kumar has filed paperwork to inflict the strict Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) on the gangs responsible for these crimes .

Nagpur (Nagar): Amitesh Kumar, the city police chief who is handling the Raj Bhavan sandalwood tree theft investigation, has filed paperwork to inflict the strict Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) on the gangs responsible for these crimes, which have also occurred in the past.Five sandalwood trees were chopped off from the trunk on June 20 by Raj Bhavan workers.Cops in Sadar arrested an offence after learning of the shooting.Kumar also collaborated with the Sadar police station squad to recruit a special squad of crime branch for a parallel investigation.

Since the theft incident came to the forefront, an internal security investigation of Raj Bhavan was jointly conducted.Attempts are being made to make the CCTV cameras, some of which have developed technical faults, function properly.According to reports, Kumar has directed the crime branch's compilation and data analysis staff of the modus operandi branch to compile criminal history records and record the status of court cases against the robbers and gangs who robbed the sandalwood trees.Kumar said that efforts are ongoing to apprehend various sandalwood thieves and gangs based on their respective police records and documentation, as well as by manual and technical means.

According to the top cop, some clues are being worked out.Several of the gangs' modus operandi are being investigated, according to the CP.Although we've investigated some major gangs in the past, their locations are being traced now.These kinds of robberies are committed by criminals who are members of such syndicates and have networks to sell them.

Any sandalwood traders are now under scrutiny, particularly those who are known to purchase stolen trees from gangs.In the recent years, the city has been subjected to a number of sandalwood tree thefts from various locations, including the high court and the official bungalow of a senior police officer.Following this inspection, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation conducted an investigation of the sandalwood trees, which led to increased patrolling at such locations in the past.