.........BERHAMPUR:Yet another wanted criminal landed in the dragnet of Ganjam police during an encounter on Monday night. He has been identified as Gadadhar Swain, who is involved in more than 20 criminal cases in the district and neighbouring Khurda.In an encounter with Rambha police, he sustained bullet injury and has been admitted to MKCG MCH. Rambha IIC Namita Nayak said Gadadhar belongs to Banpur and last week, he, along with his accomplices, had shot at a contractor there. Based on the complaint by the injured contractor, police started a search operation and was tipped off by Banpur police about the criminal hiding under Rambha police limits.
On Monday night, Rambha police received information that Gadadhar was hiding at Palur and informed their Banpur counterparts. Both the police teams reached Palur and seeing the cops, the criminal, along with an accomplice, tried to flee on a motorcycle. When police chased him, he opened two rounds of fire at them. Police retaliated and a bullet hit his right knee and Gadadhar fell from the vehicle. While his accomplice managed to flee the spot, police arrested Gadadhar and seized three live bullets and a pistol from him. He was admitted to Rambha Hospital and later shifted to MKCG MCH.
So far, more than 15 criminals have been arrested in Ganjam during police encounters. In August last, a notorious criminal, Babu Nayak, was arrested in the district with gold ornaments weighing 1 kg. He was wanted in more than 40 dacoity cases, including Buguda bank dacoity case.
Dacoity bid foiled
Berhampur: Town police in Berhampur foiled a dacoity attempt in Gandhi Nagar area and arrested five criminals on Monday night. Sharp weapons were seized from them. IIC Nihar Rajan Pradhan said cops found the criminals in a partially constructed building while patrolling. They were planning to commit a dacoity and police seized two swords, iron rods and materials used to break locks. The five were identified as Rabindra Sethy, Basant Barad, Kuna Sethy, N Santosh Patra and Sanjay Sethy. They were forwarded to court on Tuesday.