Brahmapur: A notorious criminal was injured critically after an encounter by police near Gudidhepa under Khalikote police limits in Ganjam district last night.
He was identified as Ananta Kumar Macha alias Mani. He suffered bullet injuries on his right leg and was rushed to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Brahmapur.
Acting on a tip-off, a special team of police raided the place. Sensing trouble, Mani first opened fire on the police and tried to flee the spot. But he sustained bullet injuries on his right leg after police retaliated.
Police also seized a gun, three live bullets and a bike from his possession.
More than ten cases are pending against him in different police stations in Ganjam, Nayagarh and Khurdha districts.
Notably, another criminal named Jaya Pradhan was injured critically after an encounter by police near Chingudidae hill under Digapahandi area in Ganjam district on December 21.