‘Dirty Harry squad’ inspector hurt in Delhi shootout

September 19th, 2008 - 7:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who was Friday battling for life after being critically injured in a shootout in Jamia Nagar here, is one of the force’s most decorated officers. The Special Cell inspector has often been called for dangerous assignments - and so it was Friday when two terrorists were shot dead, one held while two managed to escape from Jamia Nagar in south Delhi after a half hour shootout.

The 44-year-old, one of the Delhi Police’s sharpshooters, received critical bullet injuries.

Sharma, who has been admitted in the Holy Family Hospital, had joined as a sub-inspector in 1989 and soon proved himself to be cop who had a nose to the ground.

Along with another famous police official, Rajbir Singh, who died in March, Sharma was part of the ‘Dirty Harry squad’ of the force involved in several “encounter killings”, said a colleague.

“Through his career, Sharma won seven gallantry awards and was involved in more than than 75 gun battles, several involving dreaded gangsters from the badlands of Uttar Pradesh,” said a police officer.

Besides his work in the force, Sharma also carried out operations in Jammu and Kashmir with another special cell ACP (assistant commissioner of police) Sanjeev Yadav that earned appreciation from the central intelligence agencies.

In his nearly 10-year association, Sharma developed a vast network and often received valuable tip-offs from his informers who he assiduously cultivated over the years.

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