Criminal injured in police encounter in Pipili, shifted to SCB

Puri: A criminal was arrested after an exchange of fire by police at Kanti Nijigarh in Pipili area, police said on Saturday.

The accused Sarbeshwar Behera has sustained a bullet injury on his leg and has been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital after preliminary treatment here.

Senior police officials informed several criminal cases are pending against Behera in different police stations. He was also wanted in connection with the firing on a woman councillor.

According to reports, Behera was earlier working as a home guard and was removed from his job due some reasons.

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

Earlier, two criminals, including a contract killer from Maharashtra, were injured in a police encounter near Mangalpur in Pipili police limits of Puri district in January 2018.

The police said that the duo were involved in a firing at Chandanpur on January 7. The accused – Subash Pradhan of Puri Sadar area and Amar Omkar Solanki of Maharashtra – were also involved in a number of murder cases at Surat in Gujarat.