Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze who is in the news in the Hiren Mansukh death case, has been transferred out from Crime Branch, said Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday.
Bhaskar Khursange said, “Government has already taken action by removing him from the crime branch; we should have patience before believing the statements of opposition”.
Advocate Abbas Kazmi said, “Something very deep and suspicious had happened in this entire story of Sachin Vaze in Mansukh Hiran’s death case. Vaze has a tainted background and he is known to use 3rd-degree measures and torturing people in his custody. He has 63 kills to his credit, including a software engineer. He was found guilty to kill the Software engineer in his custody. This cop is used by the state government for their political motives. We should not forget his joining Shiv Sena, he is the one who went to arrest Arnab Goswami from nowhere, and he is the one who knows Mansukh Hiran and all about the parked vehicle in front of Ambani’s gate. This all seems to be some big scheming”.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh told Afternoon Voice, “I have ordered for a fair investigation in this entire matter. Sachin Vaze has already been removed from his current posting in the crime branch till the inquiry is not completed.” When asked why Vaze’s name surfaces, again and again, be it Arnab’s arrest or Mansukh Hiran’s death, he replied stating “Vaze is a crime branch officer, he has investigated many cases. His name in both the matters is just coincidence”.
While making the statement in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, Deshmukh said the state government will conduct an impartial probe into the death of Mansukh Hiran. Mansukh Hiran was in possession of the SUV which was found with explosives outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house in south Mumbai on February 25.
Police said the vehicle was stolen from Mansukh Hiran’s possession on February 18. The mystery deepened after his body was found in a creek last Friday in Thane. Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis has demanded action against API Vaze, stating the letter of Mansukh Hiran’s wife to the government of Maharashtra.
However, the Leader of the Opposition in the Council Pravin Darekar, and other opposition members expressed disappointment over the government’s decision.
“Vaze is in some way involved in the death of Mansukh Hiran. He should face legal action and should be suspended at once,” Darekar said.
When spoken to Sachin Vaze, he refrained from speaking to the afternoon voice but said the truth shall prevail soon; I am waiting for the investigation to be completed in this regard.
RTI activist Anil Galgali said, “The role of Sachin Vaze is dubious. Police protection was required when Mansukh Hiren’s life was in danger. When a police officer urges the plaintiff to lodge a written complaint, it should have been understood that the law and order are at hazard. Sachin Vaze has forced Hiren to lodge a written complaint in this regard and indirectly violated the service regulations and the government is expected to take immediate action.”
Retired police officer Gavli said, “Sachin is capable of doing any nasty thing. He was suspended for a total of around 16 yrs and during the suspension period; he was even accused of being involved in extortion cases and even had joined the Shiv Sena. He was reinstated back by Parambir Singh (Possibly on the instructions of Shiv Sena) in June 2020 and given the charge of handling the Arnab Case so that Arnab is fixed and the same 3rd-degree measures are applied on Arnab but, sadly the police did not get the custody”.
“Mansukh Hiren’s death is unfortunate and it is clear that in high profile cases, people who have nothing to do with the crime are often entangled and face acute harassment by the police. There is a pressing need for Police Reform so that there are checks and balances on the Police, and we can ensure that upright citizens do not face this kind of harassment. We appeal to our Chief Minister to give justice to Mansukh Hiren with a fair probe,” said Preeti Sharma Menon, AAP leader from Mumbai.
At the same time, it should not be forgotten that our Mumbai Police Force is wholly capable of conducting inquiries against terror and we stand strongly in solidarity with them.
Menon further continued, “This is the same police force whose personnel didn’t falter in their line of duty, during the 26/11 attacks. Many were martyred and so many more were injured but they ensured the arrest of Kasab and a strident investigation that ensured he was hanged. It is the same force that investigated the Malegaon terror case and arrested terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur. Any attempt to demoralize this force is condemnable.”
“We have to also note that the BJP has often cried wolf to get sympathy and we cannot put it past them to create a ploy to gain sympathy for themselves and their actual leader, Mukesh Ambani. It is rather strange for terrorists to leave a message in the manner described. We think that something is amiss here, and we demand that, as the NIA performs its investigation on the terror angle, the Maharashtra Government undertakes an independent investigation regarding any political motives at play in this case,” added Menon.