Bhubaneswar: A hardcore criminal, identified as Bijay Nayak, was injured and nabbed in a police encounter ensued at Kajalagada in Kendrapara district early this morning.
According to reports, Bijay fired at police first when asked by the latter to surrender. Cops retaliated by opening fire at it. Bijay received bullet injuries in his left leg and has been rushed to a hospital.
Bijay was involved in the murder of gangster Suleman in 2009 and had been on the run since then. There are over 100 criminal cases pending against his at different police stations in the district.
It may be noted that two-three hardcore criminals have already been caught in such encounters in the district in recent months.