Berhampur: A notorious criminal was injured critically after an encounter by police at Pushtapur near Khalikote here in Ganjam district in the wee hours of Wednesday.
He has been identified as Dillip Das, a resident of Narandeipur in Khurda district. He suffered bullet injuries on his right leg and was rushed to Khallikote hospital. Later, he was shifted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur for better treatment.
Acting on a tip-off, a special team intercepted him near a cashew filed at Kodala at around 5 am today. However, Das opened fire at police who retaliated in which the criminal was injured. Later, the police nabbed Das.
Police also seized a country gun, two live bullets, cash worth Rs 14,000, a bike and a mobile phone from his possession.
Over 20 criminal cases are pending against him at several police stations in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Ganjam and Khurdha.