Maoist camp unearthed after exchange of fire in Odisha forest

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Phulbani (Odisha), Apr 7 (PTI) An exchange of fire has taken place between security forces and Maoists in Kandhamal district, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.

Following the incident, Odisha Police busted a Maoist camp in Kalampada forest and seized arms and ammunition, Kandhamal Superintendent of Police Vineet Agarwal.

However, there was no report of casualty in the incident which took place in the dense forest on Monday, he said.

Acting on a tip-off about the presence of a camp of the Maoists belonging to KKBN (Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh- Nayagarh) division of CPI(Maoist) in the forest, a joint squad had raided the place.

The operation was carried out by Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) of Odisha Police.

Initially, the Maoists had resorted to indiscriminate firing to which the joint party retaliated in self defence, the SP said.

Taking advantage of the dense forest, at least 12 Maoists fled the spot, Agarwal said.

Combing operation was underway, he said. PTI COR AAM MM MM