Pune Police Takes Bold Stand: Parades 267 Criminals Amid Political Controversy

Pune: In response to the alarming spread of pictures and videos showcasing criminals associating with political figures, Pune’s newly appointed Police Commissioner, Amitesh Kumar, took a resolute step on Tuesday. Around 267 individuals, including notorious gangsters, were summoned and paraded before television cameras, delivering a clear message to the criminal fraternity.

The central theme of Commissioner Kumar’s message was unequivocal: “Do not support any criminal activity directly or indirectly, stop glorifying crimes, and avoid sharing pictures and reels through social media.”

The lineup included prominent names like Gajanan Marne, Nilesh Ghaywal, Baba Bodke, Bandu Andekar, and their accomplices, alongside lesser-known members of koyta gangs. Many of these individuals face serious charges, including murder, attempted murder, extortion, and prosecution under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Ghaywal, who operates his gang from Kothrud and is currently out on bail, faces more than 20 criminal cases. Marne, facing similar charges, is also out on bail. Bodke, a gangster operating from Vishrantwadi and Mulshi rural areas, is involved in extortion and at least six firing cases.

This bold move by the police is perceived as unprecedented, aiming to send a strong message about the city’s law and order situation. It also follows political controversy, with Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut sharing images of criminals from Pune alongside Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his son MP Srikant Shinde.

During the parade, the criminals, who allegedly boast political patronage, adhered to police orders, raising their hands when instructed. Senior police officials warned of severe legal consequences if such associations continued.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Amol Zende (Crime) emphasized that any unauthorized sharing of videos or photos on social media would result in legal action under IPC Sections 107, 110, and other relevant provisions. The criminals were also required to fill out dossier forms containing details such as current address, mobile number, employment status, and links to social media profiles.

“This dossier initiative is part of our proactive policing approach to maintain records and prevent unauthorized sharing of videos and reels,” stated Zende.

Commissioner Kumar’s swift action within three days of taking office demonstrates a renewed commitment to law enforcement and public safety in Pune, setting a precedent for decisive measures against criminal activities.

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