Pune Police Takes Action Against Gang Of Fake Journalists, Invokes Stringent MCOCA

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Pune, 3rd December 2022: Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta has ordered action under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) against a gang who pretended to be journalists and extorted money from a businessman in the Mundhwa area.


In this case, MCOCA action has been taken against Yogesh Prakash Nagpure (35), Pramod Ajit Salunkhe (25), a resident of Kharadi, Wajid Ashpak Sayyid (25), a resident of Kranti Park, Kharadi, Mangesh Balasaheb Tambe (28), a resident of Kharadkar Park, Kharadi, and Laxman Singh alias Hanumanta Chhattar Singh Tanwar (35), a resident of Haven Building, Manjari, along with a woman.


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Yogesh Nagpure, the main mastermind in this case, and the woman have not been arrested yet. Serious crimes like attempted murder and extortion have been registered against Nagpure in Khadak, Mundhwa, Hadapsar, and Bundgarden police stations.


The accused Pramod Salunkhe pretended to be a journalist to a businessman. The businessman has a warehouse in the Mundhwa area. He had alleged that there was a stock of Gutkha in the godown. Saying that he had earned a lot of money from the sale of gutkha, Salunkhe demanded money from the said businessman and threatened to kill him if he didn’t pay the said amount. The accused were arrested after the businessman lodged a complaint with the police.


The proposal to take MCOCA action against this gang was prepared by Mundhwa Police Station Senior Police Inspector Ajit Lakde, Police Inspector (Crime) Pradeep Kakade, and Assistant Inspector Sameer Karpe. The proposal was submitted to Additional Commissioner Namdev Chavan and DCP Vikrant Deshmukh. The proposal was approved recently. ACP Bajrang Desai is investigating the case further.



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