Azamgarh (UP): A criminal, wanted in 18 cases and carrying a reward of Rs. 25,000 on his head, was nabbed while a sub inspector was injured in an encounter near here Tuesday morning, police said.
On a tip off, a police team laid siege on the Turk Chara turn. The motorcyle-borne criminals opened fire at them, injuring sub inspector Basant Lal.
In the retaliatory action, the criminal identified as Rahul Yadav was injured while two of his accomplices managed to escape, police said, adding that a pistol, cartridges and a motorcycle was recovered from him.
Both the injured SI and criminal have been admitted to the district hospital where their condition was stated to be serious.
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DIG Azamgarh, Vijay Bhushan said the arrested criminal was wanted in some 18 cases of loot, attempt to murder and murder cases in Azamgarh, Sant Kabirnagar and Basti districts.
Raids were on to nab the other two criminals , he added.