Rourkela: A leading member of criminal gang "Pahadi Cheetah", who had been unleashing terror in Odisha`s Sundargarh district, was shot dead in an encounter with police Tuesday.
The exchange of fire occurred when Arjun Sahu and two other gang members clashed with the cops near Tangargaon under Talsara police limits early this morning, police said.
The gang had allegedly killed four people on April 16 suspecting them to be police informers.
Earlier, the gang had clashed with police on February 4 in which one of its members was gunned down and a constable injured. Since then police intensified combing operation to nab other gang members.
The gang had been striking terror at Talsara, Rajgangpur, Subdega and Biramitrapur area in Sundergarh district for last five years.