BHUBANESWAR: The Commissionerate of Police on Saturday arrested a dreaded criminal following encounter in the wee hours of the day.
The man, Suresh Gajendra was the prime accused in the robbery at an elderly couple's house which occurred on September 5th at Gandamunda area of the city.
The encounter took place near Nuagaon on the National Highway 16. DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said, the Special Squad of Bhubaneswar police was tipped about Suresh, who was trying to escape towards Nayagarh on a two-wheeler. When he was rounded up on NH 16, Suresh immediately fired on the cops, and in response the police fired one round on his right thigh.
While his associate managed to flee from the spot. A pistol, live bullets, a bike and Rs 15,000 in cash were seized from him. Suresh was first taken to Capital Hospital here and later shifted to SCB Medical College in Cuttack after his condition deteriorated. His condition was normal and Suresh will be produced in the court after he is discharged from the hospital, the DCP informed.
He has many cases in his name pending at various police stations in the capital city and is also the main accused in Gandhamunda old couple loot case and a mastermind in the Chandan Jewellery loot case. Suresh, a history-sheeter, after robbing the elderly couple had fled to Mumbai said sources. Police has launched a manhunt for his accomplices who were involved in the crime.
Meanwhile, other crimes in which Suresh was involved are also being tracked to frame a strong case against him.