‘Encounter Specialist’ Daya Naik Suspended

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Mumbai: Police sub-inspector and ‘encounter specialist’ Daya Nayak has been suspended from Maharashtra Police. A government official said that Daya Nayak has been suspended. He, however, declined to comment on what led to this development.

Mr Nayak is known to have killed more than 80 gangsters in encounters, including Vinod Matkar, Rafik Dabba, Sadik Kalia and three Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives.

A 1995-batch police officer, he was under suspension for nearly six-and-a-half years after the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested him in 2006 following complaints by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar that he owned assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

In 2010, the Supreme Court quashed all the charges against him under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

He was reinstated in 2012 and posted in a local arms wing of the department. After a brief stint here, he was transferred to the west region (Bandra to Andheri), considered a high-profile zone in the city.

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