Maharashtra police encounter specialist resigns, speculation to contest assembly elections arise

Mumbai: Assembly elections may be announced in Maharashtra in the next few weeks. With this, all the political parties of the state have started their preparations. The leaders are beginning to move from here. Meanwhile, an encounter specialist of Maharashtra Police has resigned from his post. The government has also accepted the resignation of Encounter Specialist Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma.

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Pradeep Sharma applied for voluntary retirement in July 2019 after 35 years of service. At that time he was the head of the anti-extortion racket cell in Thane. According to reports, Sharma allegedly killed more than 100 criminals in an encounter. "The home department on Monday accepted Sharma's resignation," the official said.

He said that the related order has also been issued. Sharma will not get post-retirement facilities like pension as he has given the decision of the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) in the alleged fake encounter case of Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya in the Bombay High Court. Challenged and awaits his decision.

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Sharma was fired by the state government in 2008 over his alleged links with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim gang and his alleged role in the encounter. A sessions court acquitted Sharma in 2013 in the alleged fake encounter case. There is speculation about him that he may soon enter politics. He can join the Shiv Sena and contest the Nallasopara seat in Palghar district.

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