Criminal Injured In Encounter

Puri : A notorious criminal was grievously injured following an encounter with police patrol squad near Barimula chowk under Pipili police station area of Odisha’s Puri district.

The history-sheeter- Jitendra Behera (28) opened fire at the police team when patrol squad tried to intercept the motorcycle-borne criminal. In retaliation, police were forced to open fire at them. The gun battle that took place yesterday night lasted for about 5 minutes.

A bike, one country-made pistol and two live cartridges were seized from his possession.

Police were in search of Behera, who was wanted in over a dozen of criminal cases including a case of murder in Puri town on December 25. He is involved in criminal cases including attempt to murder, extortion, tender-fixing, illegal arms possession, police said.

The injured criminal, shifted to capital hospital in Bhubaneswar, is stated to be out of danger.