Frontlist | Sachin Vaze, suspended in Khwaja Yunus death case, was writing book on terrorism in J&K

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Suspended Mumbai cop Sachin Vaze, once a top ‘encounter specialist’, had planned to write a book on terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), while he was still suspended in connection with the custodial death of Khwaja Yunus. India Today TV has learned that Sachin Vaze traveled to Kashmir in 2016 where he met J&K police officials including a senior IPS officer.

Speaking about his visit, the IPS officer confirmed that he had met Sachin Vaze in a cafeteria in Srinagar’s upscale locality of Sonwar and discussed “militancy” in J&K. The officer said Sachin Vaze met him saying he was writing a book on terrorism in Kashmir.

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He also said that Sachin Vaze claimed to know Pakistan-backed terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Further, the officer said, “I spoke little as Sachin Vaze narrated the 26/11 terror attacks and seemed to be more interested in talking than listening.” The officer said Sachin Vaze was an acquaintance.

Meanwhile, another officer said, “Sachin Vaze’s research took him beyond Srinagar. He travelled to South Kashmir, including Shopian which is known as the hotbed of terror.”

While the status of the book specific to J&K is not known, Sachin Vaze did write two books. ‘The Scout: The definitive account of David Coleman Headley and the Mumbai attacks’, a book he co-authored with another cop Shirish Thorat in 2019 which elaborates the role of LeT with mention of J&K.

Sachin Vaze also wrote a book based on the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai called ‘Jinkun Harleli Ladhaai’ which was published in 2012.

On March 3, 2004, Sachin Vaze was suspended along with 14 other policemen in connection with the custodial death of Khwaja Yunus, a suspect in the 2002 Ghatkopar blast case. In 2008, a 1,000-page chargesheet was filed which named Sachin Vaze and others.

In June last year, the Maharashtra government revoked Sachin Vaze’s suspension and he was reinstated to Mumbai Police during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sachin Vaze was recently arrested by the NIA for his alleged role in the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare case. In February last week, 20 explosive gelatin sticks were found inside a vehicle parked a few metres away from Mukesh Ambani’s ‘Antilia’ residence in Mumbai.

Source: India Today

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