Berhampur, Jan 7 (LocalWire) Two people, wanted in the murder of a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader, were arrested on Monday after an exchange of fire with the cops at Palimala in Aska-Balipadara road under Ganjam district’s Aska police station limit.
Accused Kanhu Jena (23) and Alekha Jena (28) of Kharia sustained injuries in legs and were admitted at the Aska Community Health Centre (CHC). They are stated to be out of danger.
A motorcycle, two country-made pistols and five rounds of live ammunition were seized from the duo, said Aska police inspector Santosh Kumar Jena.
At least two police personnel, including Aska inspector-in-charge, were injured in the encounter. Their motorbike was also damaged by bullets.
Jena said both the criminals were allegedly involved in the murder of local BJD leader Sadananda Lenka (46) alias Bahana at College Square Aska on Dec 31 night. ‘
Bahana was the elder brother of Khariapanchayat sarapancha Aurabindo Lenka.
Besides the BJD leader’s murder, the duo was also involved in several crimes under different police stations.
“We are verifying the crime records of the accused,” said Jena.