Odisha Police recovers arms, explosives after exchange of fire with Maoists in Kandhamal

Bhubaneswar: The police managed to recover arms, explosives and huge quantities of camp articles following an exchange of fire with a group of outlawed CPI (Maoists) in Budhanai Reserve Forest under Tumudibandh Police Station in Kandhamal district of Odisha today.

The personnel of Special Operation Group (SOG) along with the district police launched an operation in the reserve forest in the early morning after receiving intelligence inputs regarding the presence of a group of armed cadres of CPI (Maoist) in the area.

The police team came across a group of around 20 Maoists inside the reserve forest, said an official.

The Maoists opened fire on the police team in a bid to escape into the deep forest. The police personnel retaliated in self defence, he added.

“The exchange of fire continued for about half an hour. The Maoists managed to escape by taking advantage of the jungle terrain,” said the official.

During subsequent searches, the police team detected a Maoist camp and recovered a .303 rifle, two other rifles, IEDs, electric wires, pregnancy kits and other articles from the spot, sources said.

“Blood stains were found at the spot suggesting injuries to a few Maoist cadres in the exchange of fire. Senior officials are now monitoring the situation. Additional forces of SOG and district police have been rushed to the spot to carry out the combing operation,” said an official of Odisha police.

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