Pune city police have invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) against dreaded criminal Sushant alias Matya Shashikant Kuchekar (28) and eight of his associates, including a woman and a minor boy, who were booked in a murder case last year. was recorded.
In November 2022, 27-year-old Rohan Pawar, a criminal on police records, was killed in Nana Peth area allegedly by Kuchekar and his associates following an earlier dispute.
Pawar’s father had lodged an FIR under sections 302, 143, 144, 147, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code at the Samarth police station.
During investigation, the police arrested Kuchekar along with seven of his associates, including a 44-year-old woman. The police have also detained a minor boy for his alleged involvement in the murder.
A press release issued on Monday said that Kuchekar had formed a gang whose members would commit crimes in an organized manner. Police said they were found involved in serious crimes like murder, dacoity, criminal conspiracy and illegal assembly.
The proposal to invoke MCOCA against the accused was moved by Senior Police Inspector Ramesh Sathe; It was approved by Additional Commissioner of Police Rajendra Dahle. The case is being investigated by Assistant Commissioner of Police Satish Govekar.