Notorious gangster Hyder, who was shot at by a jail escort team when he allegedly tried to flee from custody while being shifted from the Choudwar jail to a jail in Baripada earlier during the day, succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a hospital in Balasore.
Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh had stated that Hyder had sustained injury from a solitary bullet fired at him by an escort staff in self-defence after the gangster tried to snatch away firearm from one of the staff in a bid to flee.
ADMO, Balasore, Mrutyunjay Mishra said, “The patient (Hyder) had arrived at the casualty wing of the hospital in a critical and in ‘gasping condition’. He died within four to five minutes upon arrival.” Mishra said the post-mortem of the patient will ascertain how many bullets he was fired at. The post mortem is likely to be conducted tomorrow.
Police sources said Hyder had suffered critical injuries in the firing after he tried to flee from a jail van while being taken to a jail in Baripada. The team had left with Hyder from Choudwar jail at around 10 am today.
A Sub-inspector rank officer had fired at Hyder when the latter tried to flee by attempting to snatch the weapon of a guard in the escort team. The incident occurred near Simulia at around 3:20 pm.
Police said Hyder asked the escort team to stop the van as he wanted to urinate. However, soon after stepping down from the vehicle, the gangster tried to escape and, in the process, tried to snatch a firearm from one of the security personnel.
DCP Singh said that even though a warning was issued to Hyder by the escort team officials, he did not budge. “With no option left, a Sub-Inspector fired at him in a ‘controlled manner’, he said. He said although it was earlier believed that a single bullet had been fired at the gangster, the post mortem reports will reveal how many bullets were actually exchanged in the encounter.
Hyder had tested positive for Covid 19 following his arrest in the dramatic escape from SCB Medical College in Cuttack in April this year. The Odisha police managed to trace the fleeing gangster from Sangareddy District in Andhra Pradesh 120 hours after his escape that had raised serious questions on the alertness level of the State police.