Encounter in Mumbai
The first killing that was identified in Mumbai as an encounter was of the gangster Manya Surve was shot by police officers Raja Tamba and Isaque Bagwan at the Wadala area. Julio Riberio was Mumbai's Police Commissioner at that time in 1983. The rigorous policy was followed and gangster Rama Naik was next to be shot dead in a high-profile encounter in 1984.
Some of the Encounter Specialists as we call them are listed below:
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His encounters follow from Agra to Maharashtra. Joined State Police Service in 1983 and became a senior Inspector in the Mumbai Crime Branch. Lakhan Bhaiya who was considered to be Chhota Rajan's right hand was also killed by Pradeep Sharma in an 'planned encounter'.
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Daya Nayak is known for sweeping 80 culprits of terror gang while he was a member of the Mumbai Encounter Squad.
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Also a part of Death Squad, Praful Bhonsale has been known for bringing a investigative change in the Mumbai underworld and is known for the award 'Best Detection Officer', he earned in 2000-01. The most important victims he gunned down in 2002 was Arif Kalia, who was a part of the Chhota Shakeel gang.Though he was arrested for allegedly killing Yunus in police custody.
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Been a part of the batch of Pradeep Sharma and later, joined him in the league of encounter specialists. He was considered a professional encounter specialist known for his accurate and precise hunting of terrorists. Amar Naik and Sada Pawle were the culprits gunned by Vijay Salaskarin mid-nineties.He died in action by terrorists in November 2008.
Sachin Hindurao Vaze
Assistant police Inspector of Mumbai, he is well known for bringing down 63 most wanted criminals of the terror gang.The list of encounters include Munna Nepali, Krishna Shetty, Lashker-E-Toiba terrorists who were involved in the bomb blasts of Goregaon. He was also involved in gunning down Yunus with Praful Bhonsale.
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The network of informants in Thane region with the organized crime was swiped clean by this officer that earned him the encounter specialist.
Since the Mumbai blasts case was cracked, the Encounter specialist squad played a major role in limiting the actions of Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Shakeel, Chhota Rajan, Ali Budesh and Arun Gawli but after the rival dons Dawood and Rajan fled to their separate headquarters outside India, the squad was dissolved. Later it was revived to scan the train bombings in July 2006. But ending the squad operations was tragic with departure of Waze and Nayak from the service and the death of Vijay Salaskar during the Taj Terrorist attack.