Criminal injured in police encounter

Ganjam: A hardcore criminal was injured in an encounter with police in Khallikote area of Ganjam district today morning. The victim was identified as Akhaya Naik.

Acting on a tip-off, the district police tracked down Akhaya and his associate while travelling in a motorcycle in Nirmalajhara area of Khallikote. When the cops tried to stop the motorbike, they did not pay any heed.

Police fired at the criminals injuring Akahaya in his leg. He was admitted to the Khallikote hospital for treatment.

However, his associate managed to escape. Two pistols and live bullets were seized from the possession of Akhaya.

Sources said Akahay and his associate are members of a criminal gang of Athagadapatna area under Kabisuryanagar police limits.