UPOCCA to tackle organised crime in UP

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Lucknow, Oct 31 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government has initiated the process for a law against organised crimes, similar to that of MOACCA of Maharastra, by tabling a bill in the state assembly here today.

The new bill provides capital punishment for the offenders.

The bill named as 'Uttar Pradesh Organised Crime Control Bill, 2007' would enable the state to counter the organised crime which would cover the entire gamut of group crime activities from terrorism to kidnapping, money laundering, sale of spurious drugs, illegal possession of land, use of violence in getting contracts, indulgence in violence to destabilise the government.

The act, when legislated, would loosely be known as 'Uttar Predesh Organised Crime Control Act' (UPOCCA) and will have provisions for the state government to set up State Organised Crime Control Authority headed by the state Chief Secretary with Additional Director general of Police (ADG), Law and Order, ADG, Crime and a Special Secretary of law department as members.

Special and appellate courts would be established as per the proposed provisions.

Provision of capital punishment have been incorporated in the new bill with people harboring the criminals and giving them protection would also be punished under the new law.

UNI

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