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Nayagarh: Dreaded criminal killed in police firing

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Nayagarh: Notorious criminal Chagala Mallick was killed following an encounter with police late Thursday night. The encounter took place at Nabaghanpur village under Sadar police limits in Nayagarh district.

While two associates of Chagala managed to escape during the encounter, he sustained bullet injuries on his both legs. He was immediately rushed to the Nayagarh district headquarters hospital. As his condition deteriorated, the doctors referred him to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. However, he succumbed to his injuries en route.

Following a tipoff that Chagala and two of his associates were holding a secret meeting and hatching plan for a major crime, a team of police raided the plaice. In a bid to escape, the gang opened fire at the police personnel. The cops fired in retaliation and two bullets hit Chagala on both of his legs. However, his two aides managed to give the police a slip. The police seized a pistol and live bullets from him.

According to sources, Chagala was a close aide of gangster Tito who was recently arrested by the special task force (STF) of the Crime Branch. Chagala is facing more than 50 criminal cases registered against him at different police stations across the state.

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