Khurdha: Two dreaded criminals were arrested after an encounter by police in Begunia of Khurdha district.
The dreaded criminals namely Pintu Majhi and Umesh Sahoo sustained bullet injuries on leg. They were admitted to a local hospital for treatment.
In the exchange of fire, Begunia police IIC and another officer was also injured.
“On a tip-off about their presence nar a hill, we raided the area and asked them to surrender while they were planning to execute a crime. They first opened fire at police and in retaliation, the raiding team also fired at them. In which the criminals sustained injuries. I and our second officer were also injured”, IIC of Begunia police station Rasmi Ranjan said.
Both had been unleashing terror among the locals since they were freed from jail on bail. They are involved in several cases including arson, torching of JCB machine, firing on cash van, attacking locals and labourers, the IIC said.
“We had information that they had guns and bombs and accordingly we planned for the crackdown”, he added.
They have been arrested after encounter. Locals heaved a sigh of relief after the encounter. Many people appreciated the police action for public safety.