Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, Apr 5:
Notorious criminal Santosh Behera was critically injured in an encounter with police at Poirasi in Odisha’s Ganjam district late last night.
He has been admitted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital here.
Inspector-in-charge (IIC) of the Hinjili police station and a constable have sustained minor injuries in the incident, sources said.
According to reports, a joint team of Rambha, Hinjili and Sheragada police stations conducted a raid last night acting on a tip-off regarding presence of Santosh and his aide Bijay Moharana at Poirasi.
As policemen reached the spot, Santosh started firing at them.
The cops retaliated by firing back in which Santosh sustained bullet injuries on his left leg.
Though Santosh was nabbed by police, Bijay managed to flee the spot. A manhunt has been launched to nab the absconding criminal.
Police have seized two Pulsar bikes, one revolver, two bullets, five bombs and two mobile phones from the possession of Santosh.
Several criminal cases including those of murder and extortion are pending against him, police sources said.