Synopsis of his Police Career

Pradip Sawant police-career

When he started his professional career in 1986, he topped the merit list and was selected as a direct Dy. Superintendent of Police/Asst. Commissioner of Police. Later on the successful completion of the training at the Police Training College Nasik, he stood first in this batch. Once his probation period was done, he was posted to Latur as Sub Divisional Police Officer. Just in the tenure of five months, he exhibited the qualities of a good administrator. In March 1989, he was posted to Alibag, Raigad, which is one of the politically sensitive district in Maharashtra. Later he was selected on deputation to ONGC as Jt. Director (Vigilance) where he was closely associated with many important and sensitive enquiries and investigations against the ONGC officials, conducted by the C.B.I.

He was posted to the state C.I.D. (Intelligence), Mumbai, as Additional. Deputy, Commissioner of Police and was assigned to the political wing, where he served till May 1997. In May 1997 he was transferred to Mumbai Commissioner Rate and was posted as Assistant. Commissioner of Police, Byculla Division. He is a vigilant police officer whose leadership qualities let to the detection of many serious and sensational cases of murder, dacoity, and robbery and shoot out.

In 1998, he was behind to trace the case of dacoity at Kothari Jewellers, Gamdevi; he arrested all the dacoits concerned in the case and recovered looted jewellery worth Rs. 29 lakhs. For his outstanding work he has earned “Best Detection of the Year award for the year 1998.

In March 1998, because of his sheer dedication and capabilities of detecting important sensational and clueless cases, the Commissioner of Police Shri R.H. Mendonca, selected and posted him as A.C.P. – D-1.South in Detection Crime Branch, Mumbai in detection crime branch, Mumbai. It was one of the most prestigious posts for him at that time. Another reason this was a great event is that, for the first time in the history of Mumbai Police, a young, direct A.C.P was preferred over other highly experienced officers for this post. By then, Mumbai has seen infested with activities of organised crime syndicates (Mafia) of many different gangs. But by the virtue of his posting in detection crime branch, he quickly accepted the challenge of controlling the activities of the differently organized crime syndicates.

Work History

Posting in anti-terrorist squad Mumbai in July 2009

Pradip Sawant was later posted as DCP of anti-terrorist squad Mumbai in July 2009 and was continued and posted in ATS till May 2015 i.e. for six years where he has successfully detected and supervised the investigations of many terror-related cases. He had associated with the investigations related to Devid Headly, German Bakery Blast of 2010, Zaveri Bazar, opera house, Dadar blast of 2011 and Bomb Blast at Pune in 2014. He was also associated with investigations of many hard core terrorists including Indian mujahidin chief operators Yasin Bhatkal, Wakas, Azrudulla etc. He was associated with sensational trial cases of..Read More

The twin bomb blasts at the gateway of India and Zaveri Bazar on 25th August 2003

The twin bomb blasts at the gateway of India and Zaveri Bazar on 25th August 2003 had created havoc in which more than 50 persons died and several were seriously injured. The terrorist had posed serious threats to the safety Mumbai. In a span of 6 days one Mohd. Hanif, his wife Femida daughter Farheen and one Ishrat were arrested for their involvement in these bomb blasts and also in a bomb blast in the best bus at Ghatkopar. In a subsequent operation, their mentor Nasir and his associates were eliminated in an operation at Shivaji Park on September 2003..Read More

Lashkar-E-Toiba case of bomb blasts in 2002-2003

In 2003 March in a well-planned operation launched at Goregaon three Lashkar-E-Toiba operatives involved in a bomb blast occurred in a local train at Mulund railway station on December 2002 died in an exchange of fire 1 AK-56, 2 short weapons, Rs 4 lakh in cash and some incriminating documents were seized. He was also responsible for arrested ex-SIMI general secretary Saquib Nachan and 22 others involved in the bomb blasts which occurred during 2002 – 03 in a local train at Mulund railway station, Best Bus at Ghatkopar, McDonald’s at Mumbai central railway station and seized 3 AK-56 250..Read More

The arrest of Peter John D’souza of Chhota Rajan gang in April 1999

In April 1999 he arrested one Peter John D’souza of Chhota Rajan gang and seized 2 AK – 56 rifles one sten gun, one 38 revolvers 6 magazines 126 live rounds and 31 empties. Later in a special operation in the same year, 4 is agents viz – Abdul Samad, Vali Mohs. Hingore, Mohd. Shannawas, Mohd. Faiyaz, Imtiyaz Razak Dalal and Afzal Dawood Darvesh concerned in an Espionage case, were arrested and detained under the national security act considering the national security – the investigation was later transferred to CBI.