Tall, handsome and dashing, he would probably give most Bollywood heroes a run for their money. But unlike the latter, he is not just a reel hero.
Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma and his colleagues ensure that our film heroes and other citizens of Mumbai, the economic capital of India, sleep in peace without the threat of extortion and criminals hanging over their heads.
The 1983 batch Maharashtra police officer is among Mumbai's 'encounter' specialists and credited with gunning down 100 criminals.
rediff.com spent some time with Sharma to try and find out the truth behind the 'encounters'.
Text: Vijay Singh | Photographs: Jewella C Miranda
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