Encounter in Cuttack; hardcore criminal injured

Bhubaneswar: A hardcore criminal, Budhia Das, was injured and nabbed during an exchange of fire ensured between him and police at CDA Sector-13  in Cuttack city early this morning.

According to reports, a team of Chauliaganj police conducted a raid and asked Budhia to surrender. But Budhia opened fire and tried to escape police arrest. The police soon retaliated with gunshots, injuring Budhia in his right leg. During exchange of fire, a policeman, Bishwajit Samantray, was also injured.

Budhia has been admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital. Police seized a pistol and two live bullets from him.

According to police Budhia is a wanted criminal having as many as 30 cased pending against him in different police stations in the district. He is a close associate gangster Tito alias Syed Usman Ali.

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