Avinash Mishra is a 1982-batch UP Police officer, who served in the Uttar Pradesh Police from 1985-2019. Avinash is well-known as an encounter specialist who, as of 2019, has encountered 150 gangsters and mafias. He hit the headlines in May 2023 after Randeep Hooda portrayed his character in the web series Inspector Avinash.
Avinash Mishra was born in Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. He holds a post-graduate degree in physical education. After completing his formal education, Avinash appeared for the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (UPPCS) exams and passed following which he joined the U.P. Police Academy in Moradabad, where he underwent training from 1982 to 1985.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Avinash Mishra belongs to a Hindu family in Uttar Pradesh.
Parents & Siblings
His father was a freedom fighter.
Wife & Children
Avinash Mishra is married and has two kids, a son named Varun Mishra, and a daughter. Varun Mishra is an engineer who is the founder of a production house named Finetic Media.
Avinash Mishra follows Hinduism and is an ardent follower of Lord Shiva.
After completing his police training in 1985, Avinash Mishra was posted at Meerut as an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI). There, he neutralised three dreaded gangsters within a year of his posting. Later, he was posted at Mhow from where he was sent to Lucknow in 1998 to track down a notorious gangster named Sriprakash Shukla. Avinash Mishra, along with some other policemen, established the Special Task Force (STF) in the same year. He later went to Nepal, on a tip-off, to capture Sriprakash; however, Sriprakash managed to flee from the country and go to Bihar. In an interview, Avinash talked about it and said,
We almost had him in Nepal, where I had gone with my team after a tip-off. But the Nepalese police intervened in the matter as a result of which, Shukla managed to run away. We also had him in Bihar, but we were unable to get him as the relations back then between the governments of UP and Bihar was unstable.”
On 11 September 1998, Mishra and the STF travelled to Delhi, where they encountered a dreaded gangster named Munna Bajrangi. During the encounter, Munna was shot several times and declared dead by the cops; however, the mortuary staff, where he was taken for a post-mortem, found him to be alive. In an interview, Mishra talked about it and said,
It was very embarrassing. We had already announced in the media that he was dead and now he was suddenly declared alive. This went on to prove Jaakho Raake Saaiyan, Maar Sake Na Koi.”
On 22 September 1998, acting on a tip-off, Mishra and the STF went to Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, where a firefight between the STF and Shukla took place, leading to Shukla’s demise. In 2002, the STF, under Mishra’s leadership, encountered Chhota Rajan’s close associates Sattu Pandey and Guddu in Lucknow. Reportedly, Sattu was carrying a cash reward of Rs. 1 lac over him and was wanted for the murder of a UP-based businessman named Vivek Srivastava as well as for the robbery of a garment store in Aminabad. Thereafter, he encountered many notorious gangsters and mafias like Sachin Pahadi, Awadhesh Shukla, Ashok Singh, Mahendra Fauji, Nirbhay Gurjar, and Hasan Pudia. In 2018, Avinash Mishra was posted to the UP Police Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from where he retired in 2019 from the rank of deputy superintendent of police.
Following the 1998 encounter of Sriprakash Shukla, Avinash Sharma received the President’s medal.
- According to Avinash Mishra, his father was against his decision of joining the police force.
- Avinash Mishra’s favourite actor is Randeep Hooda.
- During a media interaction, Avinash revealed that his son established his production company so that he could tell about Avinash’s work as a cop to the public.
- Avinash was very good at sports, and he took a keen interest in field sports during his college days.
- Avinash was referred to as Guruji by his colleagues in the Mumbai Police.
- He has known the director Neeraj Pathak since his early days.
- According to Avinash, the UP government withdrew the cops allotted for protecting Avinash without informing him of a valid reason.