Sachin Waze

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Sachin Hindurao Vaze (Marathi: सचिन वझे) (born 22 February 1972) is a former police officer of the Maharashtra Police Force of India. Vaze is known as an "encounter specialist" with the Mumbai Encounter Squad and was involved with the deaths of as many as 63 criminals. Vaze joined Maharashtra Police Force in 1990 and he resigned on 30 November 2007. He had killed several gangsters of the top criminal organisations like Chotta Rajan and Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company.

Biography and career[edit]

Sachin Vaze is originally from Kolhapur in the Indian state of Maharashtra. His father was a top influential politician in the region.[citation needed]

Vaze joined the State Police Service in 1990 as a sub inspector. He was first posted to the terror affected area of Gadchiroli, commonly called as Naxal Affected Area. Then in 1992 he was moved to Thane City Police. He gained immediate fame by detecting several big cases. While posted at Muslim majority Mumbra Police Station, he was instrumental in Hindu Muslim harmony in the area. Rising to higher ranks, he went to head the Special Squad of Thane Crime Branch who started encounters in Thane and thus selected to work at the elite Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai Police.

Encounters squad[edit]

His career spanned 17 years, during which Vaze earned fame for the "encounter killings" of as many as 63 criminals. These include notorious gangsters like Munna Nepali,[1][2][3]

This squad was formed around 1997 to deal with the growing extortion demands and open violence. The squads soon came to be associated with 'encounters', a euphemism for a situation in which a gangster is cornered, asked to surrender, ostensibly attacks the police or tries to escape, and is shot dead in retaliatory action.[4] After posting in the CIU, Vaze, along with his mentor Pradeep Sharma, was transferred in the Anti Extortion Cell (AE Cell) where the AE Cell recorded its first ever encounter.[5][6]

Vaze also dealt with counterfeit currency cases[7][8] and was instrumental in saving a number of Bollywood personalities.[9][10][11][12]

Technology crime[edit]

Sachin Vaze is also mostly known for his techno and cyber skills. Always seen with modern gadgets and gizmos in his hands and pockets, Vaze is known to have solved many serious cyber crimes. He is also believed to have set up cellphone interception units as well as email tracking units of Mumbai Police. He came in light in 1997 when he detected international credit card fraud. This was the first time when a gang of such scamsters was arrested in Asia. Which he then continued in Mumbai too in 2001.[13][14] Many believe that this quality made the people against Vaze to embroil him in a murder case of a terrorist.[15] After a rising career graph, Vaze resigned in 2007.[16]

Technology innovation – MobiCID[edit]

Vaze has come out with an innovation mobile app called – MobiCID. In a very short period MobiCID been acknowledged by various sectors in media[17][18][19][20][21][22]

In popular culture[edit]

Political affiliation[edit]

Proximity with Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray[23][24][25] After resignation Vaze had joined the Hindu Party in prestigious Dassehara Rally in 2008. This had set a new precedent as none of the politician was allowed to enter Shiv Sena in the rally before. While in CIU, Vaze, registering his first encounter at Mumbai killed Vivek Kamble, who was wanted in several killings of Shiv Sena Shakha Pramukhs (Branch Heads). Vaze had also nabbed the remaining gang involved in these killings.[26][27][28] Vaze also runs an NGO called SUPPORT which is intended towards legal help to needy people.

Books, publications, movies[edit]

While in service Vaze was instrumental in forming new rules, manuals, directives etc for Maharashtra Police. After resigning from service Vaze participated in television debates, and published articles in newspapers and periodicals.[29] He has also been publishing articles on Cyber Crime issues. In Marathi Film Rege(2014) one character is inspired and named after him which is played by Pushkar Shrotri.

Vaze is author of Jinkun Harleli Ladhaai -[30] the Marathi bestseller book on 26/11 Mumbai attacks and also source and advisor of many books projects such as Hussain Zaidi written Headley & I, My Name is Abu Salem, Byculla to Bangkok, Adrian Levy written The Siege.[31]

Marathi Facebook[edit]

Vaze is also the brain behind and creator of the first social networking portal in Marathi. लई भारी is the Marathi version of Facebook. The portal put on test run on 4 November 2010 and had a membership figure of 15000+ till formally launched on 21 November 2010.[32][33][34][35]


  1. ^ Dawood aide gunned down in Andheri
  2. ^ वीर अधिकारी
  3. ^ Mumbai's police 'encounter squad' dream of comeback – GUARDIAN UK
  4. ^ Final Encounter
  5. ^ 6-year-old anti-extortion cell records 1st encounter – Mid day
  6. ^ Anti-extortion cell records 1st encounter
  7. ^ Fake currency case: 3 ISI agents guilty
  8. ^ MCOCA court sentences 13 in fake currency case
  9. ^ Ghai~ Ram Gopal Varma receive mafia threats
  10. ^ Setback to Abu Salem gang
  11. ^ Con man faked identity, fooled socialites – Sanat Vellikapen Mid Day
  12. ^ तुरुंगातून सुटल्यावर पुन्हा लुटमारीचा धंदा – Loksatta
  13. ^ Attack of the credit card clones
  14. ^ 13 Sentenced for five years – Indian Express
  15. ^ CID forced us to give false evidence
  16. ^ Sachin Vaze quits
  17. ^ Gotcha! This mobile application is a real ‘net’work – DNA Newpaper 11.09.2013
  18. ^ Mobile phone after James Bond – DNA Newpaper 13.09.2013
  19. ^ ICICI Trinity 17.09.2013
  20. ^ Mobile CID' Software for Womens SAFETY-TV9 30.09.2013
  21. ^ इस एप्लिकेशन से संभव है घर बैठे फोन टैपिंग! NDTV 12.09.2013
  22. ^ ABP Majha 17.09.2013
  23. ^ Encounter Cop Vaze Set to join Shivsena
  24. ^ Uddhav: Marathi is soul and Hindutva, breath
  25. ^ एन्काऊंटर स्पेशालिस्ट सचिन वाझे शिवसेनेत
  26. ^ Pawar, Dutt won't vote for themselves
  27. ^ Trial in 26/11 case may not begin tommorrow (sic)
  28. ^ Moral victory rather than technical
  29. ^ "समन्वयाचा अभाव : सुरक्षायन्त्रणेतील दोष" – पुढारी
  30. ^ "जिंकून हरलेली लढाई "
  31. ^ "The Siege: The Attack on the Taj"
  32. ^ "मराठीचे लई भारी पाऊल – Maharashtra Times 25.11.2010"
  33. ^ मराठीतील फेसबुक लई भारी – पुढारी २६.११.२०१०
  34. ^ ‘लई भारी’... अस्सल मराठी ‘फेसुबक’ ची सायबरविश्वात धम्माल! – लोकसत्ता ११.०८.२०११
  35. ^ ‘मराठमोळं फेसबुक – सकाळ २९.०७.२०११