Three arrested in two encounters in Odisha


Cuttack/Berhampur: Odisha police has arrested three dreaded criminals conducting two separate encounters at Cuttack and Berhampur. While Cuttack police nabbed two criminals after an encounter at Chauliaganj Thursday night, Ganjam police nabbed another from Rambha in Ganjam district.

The two arrested from Cuttack have been identified as Kala Babu and Alekh Routray and associates of gangster Tito police said. They were allegedly involved in attack against suspected terror operative Abdul Rehman’s brother Tahir.

Acting on a tip-off, a special squad of police conducted a raid in Chauliaganj area. Confronting police the duo opened fire at the cops to escape arrest to which police fired in retaliation.

Both Babu and Routray were injured in the firing and have been admitted to hospital sustaining bullet injuries on their legs.

In a separate incident, dreaded criminal Santosh Behera was nabbed following an encounter near Rambha in Ganjam district in the wee hours today. While police arrested Behera, his associate managed to give the cops a slip.

Injured Behera has been admitted to Chhatrapur Sub-divisional hospital. A pistol, live ammunition and a bike have been recovered from his possession, police informed.

Behera is a native of Khandadeuli village under Rambha police limits and has a long track record of crimes. He is accused of being involved in as many as 16 different cases of dacoity, bombing and attempt to murder, informed police.

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