Dreaded criminal Danda injured in encounter, hospitalized

Berhampur: Notorious criminal Danda Maharana sustained bullet injuries on his leg in a police encounter at Tamana ghati under K. Nuagaon police limits in the district this morning.

According to sources, a team of Berhampur police intercepted Moharana while he and one of his associates were passing through Tamana ghati.

At first Moharana fired three rounds after which the police retaliated in which he sustained injuries on his leg. During the gun battle, two police official also sustained injuries, sources in the police said.

Maharana was initially admitted to the Berhampur hospital but was later shifted to Cuttack.

As many as 19 cases are pending against the Maharana at Berhampur Town police station while two and 22 cases are pending against him at Gosani Nuagaon police station and K Nuagaon police station respectively.

He is also an associate of arrested former Congress MLA Ramesh Jena, police said.