Security forces engaged in a gun battle with Maoists in the forest of Kandhamal in Odisha. Various arms, ammunition, medicines and Maoist literature have been seized by the forces. Further search operations are underway.
An exchange of fire took place between security forces and Maoists on Monday during a combing operation in the forest of Kandhamal in Odisha. Security forces have seized arms, ammunition, medicines and Maoist literature from the spot.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of Red Rebels in Gochhapada Police Station limits, the Kandhamal Police launched a search and combing operation in Kandhamal district.
Kandhamal Police SP Vinit Agarwal told India Today, "Yesterday morning, there was exchange of under Gochapara Police Station limits. Police teams were searching the area and during the course of a combing operation, there was indiscriminate fire from the side of Maoists. The team asked them to surrender but instead, they continued to fire. In retaliation, our team made controlled fire in self defence."
"Once the firing was over, we recovered camp articles from the spot. However, they managed to escape, taking the benefit of dense jungle and terrain," he added.
The police have recovered one .303 rifle, three Nos of ammunition, one HD cartridge, one 12 bore country-made gun, three INSAS rifles, three INSAS magazines, seven electric detonators, Maoist uniforms, solar plate and convertor, a walkie-talkie charger, and several Maoist literature from the camp.
Further search operations are underway