Dreaded dacoit Benu Barik injured in police encounter in Ganjam
Bhanjanagar: Continuing its campaign against most wanted criminal, police today arrested dreaded dacoit Benu Barik following an encounter near Ramapada forest under Buguda police limits in Ganjam district today. Benu sustained bullet injury during the encounter.
The encounter took place after Buguda Police got a tip-off on the presence of Benu along with an aide identified as Bhaskar Das near Ramapada Forest early in the morning.
A police team accompanied by Bhanjangar SDPO Utkal Keshari Das chased the criminal duo while they were travelling on a bike to an unknown destination and managed to intercept them near Ramapada Forest. However, in a bid of escape Benu opened fired at the police team and sustained two bullet injuries on his left leg in return fire.
After arresting Benu, police seized a country made pistol along with two live bullets and a bike from his possession but failed to nab his associate.
The injured criminal was first admitted to Buguda Hospital and then shifted to Berhampur for better treatment.
Police said the held criminal is the prime accused in Manitara Rushikulya Gramya Bank robbery incident in Ganjam and he had managed to flee from Khordha jail few months back. As many as 10 cases of extortion, loot and robbery have been pending against him, they added.