Bhanjanagar: Ganjam police arrested dreaded criminal Buchi Patra along with two of his aides after an encounter in Mathura village under Polsara police limits on Tuesday.
According to reports, acting on a tip-off that Buchi was present in Kakudia forest, at around 6 am in the morning a team of Ganjam police raided the spot and tried to nab the trio. However, in a bid to escape from the spot the criminals opened fire at police. In retaliation police opened fire and a gun battle erupted.
Buchi sustained bullet injuries on both his legs in the firing and was caught subsequently by police along with the associates.
His associates have been identified as Ajit Nayak alias Lipu and Akhaya Nayak alias Panda.
Police seized one pistol, two live bullets and a bike from their possession.
Buchi was rushed to the Polsara Community Health Centre (CHC) following bullet injury.
Buchi’s associates Lipu and Panda sustained minor injury in the encounter and are currently under Polsara police’s custody.
Police said Buchi has at least 25 cases of robbery, attack, and extortion pending against him under different police stations in Ganjam.