Kendrapara (Odisha): A notorious criminal was grievously injured in an encounter with police in Odisha`s Kendrapara district early today.
Kendrapara Superintendent of Police, Sarthak Sadangi said the encounter took place near Ramnagar in the early hours when historysheeters led by the criminal opened fire at the police team which raided their hideout.
The gun battle lasted for about 20 minutes and five criminals who had attacked the police managed to flee.
Later firearms and a motor-bike were seized from the spot and search is on to nab them.
The injured criminal had mobilized a crime syndicate and was alleged to have been involved in at least 15 criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, tender-fixing, illegal arms possession, besides masterminding highway robbery in neighbouring districts, he added.