Twenty-five persons, including a woman, were booked by the Mumbai police under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) ahead of the just concluded Lok Sabha elections.
Cases against these accused were registered at RAK Marg, Sion and Antop Hill police stations.
The police claimed that the accused belonged to four different gangs. "Just ahead of the elections, we had decided to be tough on criminals," said Dattatray Karale, deputy commissioner of police, zone 4.
Five accused belonging to a chain snatching gang were booked. "One of the accused in the chain snatching gang is a woman – Shabana Hussain, 25. It is perhaps the first incident in which a woman involved in chain snatching has been booked under MCOCA," said Karale.
Four accused booked by the Sion police mainly targeted shops during night and carried out robbery and theft. At Antop hill, Sixteen accused belonging to two group responsible for rioting were also booked under MCOCA.