The former Encounter Specialist Pradeep Sharma who recently resigned from the Police Department has now stepped into politics. He has joined Shiv Sena after his resignation got accepted by the Government of Maharashtra on September 9, Monday.
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According to reports, Sharma is likely to contest the upcoming State Assembly polls and the Shiv Sena is mulling to field him from Nalasopara constituency in Maharashtra’s Palghar district as it is hoping to gain ground over there. The Nalasopara seat is currently being ruled by Hitendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA). Hitendra Thakur’s son Kshitij Thakur is reigning legislature of the constituency for the last two State Assembly elections. The BVA has a considerable presence and a stronghold in Palghar District. It has been ruling the Vasai-Virar belt for years.
The Additional reports state that in 2009 elections, Kshitij Thakur bagged over 89,284 votes, reducing the Shiv Sena to 48,502 votes. Meanwhile, in 2014, the Sena received a more crushing defeat as party candidate Shirish Chavan ended up with just 40,321. Kshitij Thakur, on the other hand, emerged victorious with a whopping 1,13,566 votes.
However, with the upcoming Assembly polls, the Shiv Sena is looking forward to turning the tables. Local reports also suggest that Sharma and his team have already commenced the groundwork in Nalasopara since few months ahead of the upcoming polls.
History of Pradeep Sharma
Pradeep Sharma joined the police force in 1983 as a Sub-Inspector. He has reportedly shot dead more than 100 criminals in ‘encounters’ which also include some top guns in the underworld. In addition, Pradeep Sharma is the first cop in the history of Mumbai Police to appear on the front cover of the Time Magazine. His encounters earned him the name ‘India’s Dirty Harry’.
Sharma headed the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane police who was due to retire in 2020 but he opted for voluntary retirement in July this year after 35 years of service.
He was sacked by the state government from service in 2008 for his alleged links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s gang and his role in an encounter case.
Sharma was acquitted by a sessions court in 2013 alleged fake encounter case. He was reinstated in the police force in 2017. After serving at the Director General (DG) control room for a few days, Sharma was made senior police inspector of the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane Police.
Lastly, in spite of approved Sharma’s resignation, he won’t be able to get retirement benefits like pension, etc. as the verdict in the Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya alleged fake encounter case is pending before Bombay High Court, the home department officials had informed. The case involves petition challenging Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) order in the Lakhan Bhaiya alleged fake encounter case.
Ajanta News is trying to get in touch with the Former Encounter Specialist Pradeep Sharma to get more insights on the news. We will definitely update the article upon getting bytes from him.