Encounter Specialist Arrested, Charged with Murder

In connection with an alleged fake encounter case in 2006, encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma has been taken into custody along with two constables.

Sharma was arrested on Thursday night and would shortly be produced in court.

Sharma, who was involved in more than 100 encounters, was taken into custody following a probe made by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Bombay.

Officials said that the High Court had ordered an inquiry by SIT into the alleged encounter of gangster Ram Narayan alias Lakhan Bhaiya on November 11, 2006 near Nana-Nani park in suburban Versova.

The High Court gave the order on a plea filed by Lakhan’s brother, advocate Ram Prasad Gupta, who alleged that the victim had been shot dead in cold blood by a police team headed by Sharma.

Petitioner said that Lakhan was picked up from his house by police seven hours prior to his death. His family members had then filed a complaint with police fearing that he may be killed in an encounter. They had also sent telegrams to police commissioners of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane in this connection.

According to the police, Lakhan was close to Chhota Rajan henchman D K Rao.

Acting on a tip off that Lakhan would come in the park, they led a trap for him and in the subsequent encounter between the two sides, Lakhan was killed.

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