The controversial Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) has been extended to Delhi to equip the Delhi police with more effective powers in the backdrop of increasing attempts by terrorists to strike in the national capital and organised criminal gangs to gain a foothold in New Delhi, as per a top police official.
The MCOCA, which has proved effective against organised crime in Maharashtra, has been extended to Delhi by the Union Home Ministry and would be operational in New Delhi within a fortnight, Delhi Police Commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma told a press conference.
Stating that fight against organised crime was an unequal one, he said the act would give Delhi police solid powers to deal with organised crimes. Its implementation will make the life of criminals in the capital difficult.
Among the several extraordinary powers entailed in the act are protection to the witnesses, confiscation of property got as a result of organised crime, interception of phones and action against those harbouring or abetting crimes.
Sharma said, “Organised gangs had been trying to gain a foothold in the national capital but their designs had been foiled so far. MCOCA will help in dealing with it more effectively.”