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Gangajal Policewala: Shashi Bhushan Sharma | 101 Heartland

A close encounter with an encounter specialist.

The film Gangajal was based on the life of a real police officer. Shashi Bhushan Sharma is that police officer. An encounter specialist from Bihar, he is responsible for getting many dangerous criminals off the streets in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, with both arrests and encounters to his name.

In a long and glorious career with various divisions of the police force, Shashi Bhushan Sharma has won almost every medal that a police officer can win. He's received the President's Medal for Gallantry four times, along with several other awards for meritorious service. We spoke to him about how he came to be in this dangerous line of work, and what it has meant to him.

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