Wanted Criminal Injured In Police Encounter At Pipili

**Puri:** An exchange of fire broke out between a wanted criminal and police near Birla junction of Nijigarh in Pipili in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

The injured was identified as Sarbeswara Behera (33) of Gokha Sahi area in Puri.

Reportedly, Behera was wanted in a criminal case in connection with firing on a woman councillor. He was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

Another associate of Behera, Rajesh Patra was also nabbed in the encounter.

The police have seized one 9 mm pistol and two rounds of empty case along with one motorcycle from the spot.

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