Jeypore: Notorious inter-state ganja smuggler Kabul Khara was arrested following an encounter with Jeypore Police in Koraput district early this morning.
Sources said, a special team of police reportedly raided Hatisala Chowk area around 4.30 AM today after getting information about the movement of Khara.
However, after finding police on the spot, Khara fired two rounds of bullet at the cops and tried to flee the spot. In retaliation, police opened fire three rounds of bullet at him. Khara reportedly sustained bullet injuries on his right leg and was later admitted to the district headquarter hospital. A pistol and a numberless car have been seized from Khara’s possession.
Police sources said, Khara is an active inter-sate ganja smuggler and more than 10 criminal cases are pending against him in different police stations including Jeypore, Borigumma and Nabarangpur.
Informing about the arrest, Jeypore SDPO, Sagarika Nath said, "Khara was one of the most wanted criminals for the district police as he was operating ganja trafficking in and out the district and also carrying out different criminal activities like robbery through his gang. The encounter was initiated as part of the district police’s Operation Green Clean 2.0, a zero tolerance policy towards ganja smuggling.
“Once he is discharged from the hospital we will interrogate him to ascertain more information about his crime syndicate before forwarding him to the court.,” she added.