Wanted criminal arrested after police encounter in Pipili

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Puri: A wanted criminal was arrested after an encounter at Kanti Nijigarh in Pipili area of Puri district, police informed today.

The criminal, identified as Sarbeswar Behera alias Sarabha, was arrested late last night after an exchange of fire with police and was rushed to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack sustaining bullet injury on his right leg.

Police had a tip-off regarding his presence in Pipili block area, following which a joint squad of Pipili Police and Baseli Sahi police in Puri raided Kurukhi area near Nijigada village of Kanti panchayat.

Seeing the police approaching near him, Behera tried to escape. However, the police opened fire at him and a bullet hit his right leg.

Police later seized the bike and rushed him to the SCB Medical College and Hospital.

Police have also recovered a pistol from Behera’s possession and detained one Rakesh Patra who was travelling along with the former on a bike.

According to police, Sarbeswar was earlier working as a home guard, but was dismissed from his job following his involvement in several criminal activities.

Several criminal cases are pending against Behera at different police stations, police informed.

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