MCOCA Convict exercised Gandhigiri
Mohammad Pervez Soda, a Pakistani national and a former convict who is completed trail in the Saki Nada police station premises is the latest to exercise the Gandhigiri policy hoping that authorities take heed of his plight.
Soda was booked under the MCOCA(Maharastra Control of Organised Crime Act) in 1999 for circulating take currency in the country.
He completed his sentence in December 2007 but till date, the pakistani consulate is yet to revert to his request for returning to Karachi.
Soda's Passport and Visa are expired recently and then he went on for the hunger strike. On Monday, as his health is going worsened he is admitted to the viciv-run Rajawadi hospital.
Under MCOCA, stringent punishment is awarded to a person or gangs operating as a syndicate. Any offence that results in a person's death is punished with a life-term or a death penalty and a minimum fine of Rs. one lakh.
In 1997-98, there were many shootouts, civilians were killed and inter-gang rivalry was high. There was a rise in extortion cases and businessmen were afraid to celebrate weddings or even buy new cars.
Between 1999-2003, there wasa dramatic drop in such cases and this was due to MCOCA.
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