Pradeep Pattanayak

A notorious criminal was arrested following an encounter with the police in Cuttack on Thursday night.  

The most wanted accused, identified as Deepak Nayak alias Shankar, a resident of Gopal Sahi in Rani Haat area, sustained bullet injuries in his left leg in the encounter. 

He has been admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in the city. The police recovered a pistol, ammunition and an auto-rickshaw from the spot.  

The police had been on the lookout for the criminal for a long time. He has over 10 cases pending against him at different police stations. He was also working as an associate of notorious gangster Dhalasamanta brothers. 

Acting on a tip about the presence of Shankar in Bidanasi Bhuashuni Patha area, the special squad swooped down on the exact location. Seeing the police marching toward him, Shankar opened fire at the cops. In retaliation, the police too opened fire at him. In the gunfight, Shanakar received a bullet in his left leg following which he was nabbed.  

Speaking about the incident, Cuttack DCP Pinak Mishra said, “He (Shankar) has murder, dacoity and Arms Act cases pending against him. He was also an associate of other noted anti-socials. We have seized a pistol, ammunition and an auto-rickshaw.”


(Reported by Debashish Mohanty, OTV)