Puri: A wanted criminal was nabbed following an encounter with police near Ashram Square on Nabakalebara road in Puri late last night.
The accused, Dibana Behera, with critical injuries on his right knee has been admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack under police custody.
Acting on reliable inputs about the presence of accused in the area, a team led by Baselisahi inspector-in-charge along and Deputy superintendent of police reached the spot at around 1.30 AM. On seeing the police team, Dibana opened fire. In retaliation, the accused sustained bullet injuries on his right knee.
The accused was initially rushed to Puri District Headquarters Hospital and later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after his health condition deteriorated.
In the gunfight, Baselisahi IIC also sustained injuries.
A country-made pistol, some bullets, and a motorcycle were seized from the possession of the accused.
As many as 26 cases are pending against Dibana in several police stations in the district.