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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Edition 27: Sunil Pawar


There are some officers in the police department who are known for their performance. Rewards come walking to them and these are addicted to accolades in a way. One such officer is Sunil Pawar, the Police Inspector from Crime Branch. He was just rewarded for his commendable work in the investigation of crimes in city.
One officer from all over the state is chosen for a reward on behalf of DGP, Maharashtra each month. Police Inspector Sunil Pawar was chosen for this award for the month October 2008.

Pawar has received this reward three times in a row. Pawar was given Rs 25,000 in cash and a certificate. He was chosen for his investigation in a case under Information Technology Act, 2000. Sohaib Bashir Sheikh (19- year) in Nana Peth for supposedly duplicating the SIM card numbers of demo SIM cards provided by Airtel Company to its clients. The police also held Sarfaraj Rehman Khan (22) of Market Yard, Chetan Sunil Kalaskar (20) of Pimpri and Jahid Iqbal Shaikh (22) of Kondhwa for supposedly offering SIM cards to Shaikh. The police recovered twenty-seven SIM cards.

Pawar and his squad made the arrests under the leadership of Sangramsingh Nishandar, Assistant ommissioner of Police (crime). Incidentally, Pawar had received the same reward last year also. At that time, he was conferred with the

award for seizing Munna alias Salim Ali Hussein Kureshi (34) and his four associates, from Mumbai, who were involved in 65 housebreaking cases. In all the thefts apart from other expensive goods credit cards too were stolen. We had a tab on all

the credit cards that were reported for the theft. It was an ATM from where one from the gang drew money and we got his photos on the CCTV of that ATM. From there our chase began. After three months of cat and mouse chase Pawar's team

was successful in nabbing Quereshi. It was tough because he forged his name and used to travel only by flights from one city to another and they moved around with cans of pepper spray to defend themselves,says Powar.

His other cases include sensational Nayana Pujari murder case and Vidya Ghorpade double murder case. Kiran Pujari of Kharalwadi in Pimpri, who allegedly murdered Vidya Ghorpade (34) and her fiveyear- old son Om in March 2009 was

nabbed at Kapurthla chowk in Lucknow by the crime branch sleuths with the help of the special task force (STF) late on Saturday night. Under interrogation, he admitted to killing Vidya Ghorpade, a customer care executive, over her alleged

affair with her boss, and her son with a kitchen knife, the police said.The team of policemen involved in cracking the case include inspectors Sunil Pawar and Ram Jadhav

He was awarded a cash prize for the speedy investigation of German Bakery blast case. His third reward came for exposing

the criminals behind 65 burglaries in the city. One more case in which he was associated was that of encounter of Sadashiv Shetty. Pawar and his team, along with inspector Ram Jadhav gunned down goon Sadashiv Shetty in an encounter at Chandni Chowk area in Kothrud in the wee hours in October last year. Pune police crime branch had arrested five people in a Raviwar Peth murder case on Monday, and were in search of Sadashiv Shetty, Samir Shaikh and Dilip Thapa, the

other suspects in the case. Sadashiv Shetty Alias Dayanand Moily was originally from Udupi in Karnataka, but had been staying in Mumbai for the last many years.

Shetty was heading a gang that specialised in dacoity and bank robberies. The gang was active since 1994, with Shetty as the head. In 1994, they started out by burgling a jewellery shop in Mumbai. Having received so many rewards in his lustrious career, Pawar is not the one to be satisfied. “In this service, you always have chances and opportunities. Ultimately, the public must be benefitted by whatever you do,” he said. That is true to he police spirit!

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