Puri: A notorious criminal was injured after an exchange of fire with police here late on Saturday.
The criminal, identified as Deebana Behera, sustained bullet injuries in the encounter at Ashram Chaka on Nabakalebara Road around 2 pm. A resident of Gokha Sahi, he is undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack.
On being intercepted, he fired on police, who retaliated. A bullet hit him in his right knee. The Baseli Sahi IIC, Jibanananda Jena, was also injured in the exchange of fire.
Police seized a pistol, live ammunition and a motorcycle from the encounter spot.
Behera has about 27 cases registered against him at various police stations, the sources added.