Last week's killing of Delhi's encounter specialist Rajbir Singh has highlighted how policemen fighting organised crime get sucked into the very scum they set off to weed out.
Video: Slain encounter cop had links with mafia?
Singh, arguably the most feared cop in the capital with more than 50 encounter killings, is supposed to have lent a huge sum to a longtime friend and construction businessman Vijay Bharadwaj. When the deadline neared, and with no money to pay back, Bharadwaj is said to have pumped three bullets from a gun that another cop had lost during an operation. How it came into his hands remains a mystery.
Though everything about the case smacks of there-is-more-to-this-than-meets-the-eye, the incident only adds to Indian policedom's worst kept secret -- that very few of the Dirty Harry type manage to keep off the real dirt.
Here's a look at some of Mumbai's deadliest cops, their rise and their fall from grace.
Image: Slain encounter specialist Rajbir Singh.
Text: Krishnakumar | Photographs: Yogendra Kumar
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