Ganjam: A dreaded criminal named Santosh Behera was injured in a police encounter at Poirasi on the wee hours of Wednesday.
Acting on a tip off that Santosh Behera was visiting the ‘Danda jatra’ along with his accomplish Bijoy Maharana, police raided Poirasi area.
Bijaya Moharana alias Mantu managed to escape from the spot taking advantage of the darkness.
When the police tried to nab Santosh, he opened two rounds of fire at the police injuring Hinjli Police station IIC. The Hinjili PS IIC also received injuries on his left elbow and a constable Cheneya Reddy was hit by a bullet on his left abdomen.
In retaliation, the police fired at Santosh in which he sustained bullet injuries on his left leg. Santosh is currently admitted in MKCG hospital while others managed to flee the spot.
As per sources, Santosh was wanted in a number of extortion and bombing cases in various police stations in Ganjam district.
Police has seized 1 pistol, 5 bullets and 2 motorbikes from the spot.