Pradip Shinde (52), regarded by many as the original crime correspondent of the city and known for having busted the police-underworld network with a series of stories for The Indian Express in the 80s, died on Friday after a brief illness at a Mumbai hospital.
Shinde was an exceptional journalist of over 30 years’ experience and was credited with having largely ushered in reforms in the functioning of the Mumbai Police after his exposes caught the eye of the nation and urged various governments into action.
Having done his Masters in Literature from the University of Mumbai, Shinde during his three-decade long career worked for several newspapers apart from The Indian Express.
These included The Daily, Sunday Mail, Indian Post and Mid-Day as well as News-on-Wire. He also set up and edited a portal on crime and punishment — www.gunaah.com which he steered through several crises, including the collapse of various news portals and the recent recession.
His last job was as the Mumbai bureau chief of the satellite edition of the Kerala-based newspaper, Matrubhumi.
He is survived by wife Anju Makhija, a writer and television critic, and daughter Anushka.