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Sachin Vaze – A devil of the first order

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As a citizen, I am the last person who can trust Sachin Vaze like cops. They are immoral police officers who have been brutalizing people in the name of crime investigations and always get away with slaughter; in this case, there will be no difference. I was disturbed when Devendra Fadnavis read parts of Mansukh Hiren’s wife Vimla’s statement in the state assembly. Vimla Hiren, the wife of the Mansukh Hiren, who owned the SUV and whose body was found in the Kalwa creek, has alleged in her statement before ATS that Vaze had been using the car, from November 2020 till February 5.

She further stated in her letter that Vaze had told her husband to get arrested in the case and assured him that he will be bailed out in a few days. The strange death of Mansukh Hiren, a car parts dealer linked to an SUV filled with explosives found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai home two weeks ago.

The State government removed Vaze from the Mumbai crime branch, but they did not detail him, by not taking any strict action and gave him the chance to destroy the evidence. And just because he (Vaze) entered a certain political party, he is being saved.

The SUV was found abandoned around 1.4 km from Antilia, Mukesh Ambani’s 27-story home in south Mumbai, after midnight last Wednesday. A bomb disposal squad found 20 gelatin sticks – material used in explosives – hours later, besides a handwritten letter addressed to the Reliance chairman and Nita Ambani. A day later, the police learned that the SUV was stolen and said Mansukh lived in Vikhroli, another part of the city. The police had recorded his statement.

Mansukh had alleged that he was being harassed by police officials and journalists. In his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the state’s Home Minister, and the Mumbai police chief, the man had demanded legal action and police protection. In his letter written on March 2, he explained how the car was stolen and said that the police were harassing him. Instead of giving him protection, he was asked to confess his crime.

A man in a mask and a hoodie was seen in security footage parking the car, but he was not identified. The police also saw CCTV footage of the car moving through the city, followed by an Innova car that is also being investigated. The gelatin was not a military-grade but of the commercial kind that is usually used in construction, digging, or mining. But the question is that, who was trying to threaten Ambanis and why? What was the intent behind this act?

Hiren’s wife gave a statement that her husband may have been murdered by assistant police inspector Sachin Vaze. Hiren’s wife has also claimed in her statement to police that her husband knew Vaze and the SUV was with the police officer from November 2020 to February 5, 2021. She had also said her husband was with Vaze on February 27, 28, and March 2. The complaint letter (of Hiren) addressed to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, and police commissioners of Mumbai and Thane which surfaced in public after his death was written on the instructions of Vaze.

Hiren’s wife also claimed in her statement that her husband told her that Vaze had asked him to get himself arrested and he would ensure his bail in a few days. For the uninitiated, Hiren was later found dead in Retibunder Creek. No one knows who killed him and why.

Sachin Vaze is famous for killings in the name of encounter, he tops the dirty harry list of cops. On March 3, 2004, Vaze was suspended along with 14 other policemen on murder charges on the custodial death of Khwaja Yunus, a suspect in the December 2, 2002, Ghatkopar bomb blast case. In 2008, a 1,000-page charge sheet was filed which named Vaze and others. In 2008, Vaze joined the Shiv Sena in presence of late party Chief Balasaheb Thackeray. Even though he appeared on some news channels as the party spokesperson, he wasn’t very active in politics. But he remained their silent worker. On June 6, 2020, when Shiv Sena came to power the Maharashtra government revoked Vaze’s suspension and he was reinstated to Mumbai Police during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Khawaja Yunus’s mother Asiya Begum filed contempt pleas in the Bombay High Court against Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and Additional Director General of Police Amitabh Gupta after Vaze’s reinstatement.

He is currently handling high-profile cases including the TRP rigging scam, the Anvay Naik suicide case, the sports car scam involving Dilip Chhabria, and the Bollywood-TV-entertainment industry’s casting couch racket. Vaze is in some way or the other involved in the death of Mansukh Hiran. It’s high time that the people should know why all this happened and who would be benefiting from this entire episode.


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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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