CHANDIGARH/GURGAON: Faced with criticism from the opposition about the deteriorating law and order situation in Haryana, the state government has decided to bring a new law, the Haryana Control of Organized Crime Act (HRCOCA), on the lines of the MCOCA in Maharashtra. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Tuesday the Haryana Police Rules would soon be amended while presiding over the passing out parade at the Regional Training Centre (RTC), Bhondsi, in Gurgaon. Senior government officials said they were certain they need an act with stringent provisions but were still to work out the fineprint.
“Crime has reached new levels and ways and laws to deal with it also have to be evolved. Well-organized crime can only be defeated by an equivalent law, so we will soon have an HRCOCA,” Khattar said. The Act was proposed five years ago, during the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress regime, to tackle extortion rackets and honour killings, but it was shelved after it was felt that existing laws were enough to fight organized gangs.
Justifying the need for a tougher law, additional director general of police (ADGP) Muhhamad Akil said HRCOCA was more of a precautionary measure. “Cyber laws were enacted a long time ago but they are being used only now,” he says. “You can`t make such rules after things go out of control.
With cities growing, so is organized crime run by syndicates. Even crimes like prostitution and money laundering come under such acts.” Officials at the police headquarters claimed they are taking expert opinion from different agencies to give a final shape to the Act before the next assembly session.