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Pradeep Pattanayak

A notorious criminal who was wanted in several cases was shot dead in police encounter in Soro area of Balasore district on Wednesday. The deceased criminal has been identified as Rundu Mallik. 

As per a report, Rundu, a habitual offender was on the radar of police for his involvement in several criminal cases in the region. Police said Rundu after committing crimes would often go into hiding in the sea beach area making his trail difficult to track. 

However on Wednesday, a police team while acting on a tip-off regarding the presence of Rundu near Jageswarpada sea beach swiftly moved to the area to nab the criminal. After coming face to face with the armed cops, Rundu opened fire at the police team initially forcing the men-in-khaki to retreat. 

Later a gunfight ensued between both the sides when police retaliated at the attack and opened heavy firing on the criminal. 

Rundu suffered severe bullet injuries and was immediately rushed to Soro government hospital. However, the doctor pronounced him received dead.

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