Last month Gajanan Marne, an eminent gangster was released from Mumbai’s Taloja jail. To celebrate his freedom, as many as 300 strong crowds in numerous vehicles reached the jail and created a ruckus on the Mumbai-Pune expressway while going to Pune. The convoy did not stop for any toll barrier and was driving at very high speed by blocking all the lanes on the expressway. Well, the cops have arrested Gajanan Marne again and have also arrested more than 100 supporters and continue to arrest more.
The Pune Police have arrested more than 100 people so far in connection with the rally that people held after gangster Gajanan Marne was released from prison. Pune Police have also seized several vehicles including high-end ones. However, the cops have not revealed the make models of these vehicles yet.
The police took action against Gajanan Marne after a special court of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act had acquitted Marne and his 13 aides in connection to the murder of Santosh Hiraman Gawade also known as Pappu, for the lack of evidence. Prior to that, the court had acquitted him of the charges for murdering another rival gang member – Amol Hari Badhe. These incidents happened way back in 2014.
Post his release from jail, Pune Police refiled the cases. Gajanan was caught by a joint team of Pune rural police and Satara Police in Jaoli taluka of Satara district. The notorious goon was sent to the Yerwada Central Jail of one year on 7th March. Based on the proposal from Pune rural police, district collector Rajesh Deshmukh issued an order to keep Marne under preventive detention for a year under the MPDA, 1981 law.
The gangster car rally
After the Pune-based gangster was released, as many as 300 supporters gathered outside the jail to welcome Gajanan Marne. The cops and authorities said that the supporters broke numerous rules and were also flying drone cameras that require permission before prior use. The supporters were unidentified but the cops used CCTV footage and other video-based evidence to find out about the people who were involved.
The Pune Police then registered cases under sections 188, 143, 273, and 135 of the Indian Penal Code. Various supporters uploaded the videos of the procession and also the convoy blazing through the expressway. That is what the cops used to identify the violators.
As per the police, due to the industrialisation and incoming of many migrants from different areas of the country and even neighbouring places have settled down in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. Taking advantage of unemployed youths, many criminals start to extort money from these people and even target businessmen and other companies.
Pune Police swung into action to bring down the number of crimes in the city. To curb organised criminal activities, several gangsters have been booked and charged under the MCOCA or MPDA. Gajanan is one of the several gangsters booked. According to the police records, Gajanan Marne and Nilesh Ghaiwal are together and committing crimes since 2000. They have been charged together for several crimes and then they parted ways due to the differences. Both gangs have attacked each other in the past.