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Inquiry into Odisha encounter killing begins

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Oct 3:

The police today began its inquiry into Thursday’s police encounter at Dengasaragi village under Ainthapalli police limits on the outskirts of Sambalpur in Odisha, in which a ‘notorious criminal’ was killed in the shootout.

It has been decided to entrust the inquiry to a DSP level officer, which will be supervised by an SP of some other district, said sources in the district police.

Sources said the inquiry will try to find out under what circumstances the exchange of fire took place, whether the police had any other options left with it than going for an encounter and in which criminal offences was the deceased involved.

According to information provided by the police Raju Saha, the deceased criminal, was involved in several criminal offences in Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts.

Sources said the two pistols seized from Raju’s possession and the gun used by the police to fire at Raju will be sent for ballistic examination.

It may be recalled here that Raju, a history-sheeter from the Gol Bazar area of the town was killed in an exchange of fire on Thursday near Dengasaragi village under Ainthapalli police station limits.

Police on getting information that some criminals were hiding in Dengsaragi village had conducted a raid.

Raju, who allegedly opened fire at the police during the raid, was grievously hurt in the return fire by the police and succumbed to his injuries on the way to VSS Medical College and Hospital at Burla.

Assistant Sub Inspector of Ainthapalli police station Dhabaleswar Sahoo was hit by a bullet fired by Raju in his leg during the shootout.

Raju was a known criminal with several criminal cases including that of gun-running pending against him. A few days ago he was caught by the police for possession of illegal firearms, sources in the police revealed.