Phulbani: The security personnel seized a country-made gun, live bullets, batteries and some Maoist literature from Baibali forest under Raikia police limits of Kandhamal district today after an exchange of fire with Maoists for past two days.
Kandhamal SP Vinit Agarwal told media persons after getting reliable information about presence of Maoists in Baibali forest, the security personnel launched a combing operation. When the red rebels fired at the security personnel in the forest during the combing operation, retaliation was made.
After an exchange of fire on October 30 and 31, the Maoists fled the spot. However, the security personnel recovered gun, ammunition and other Maoist related materials from the forest, the SP informed.
He further said around 20-25 members of Odisha State Committee of CPI(Maoist) were present in the forest during the combing operation.
Suspecting presence of Maoists in the area, the security personnel has intensified the combing operation.
The red rebels have been trying to make their presence felt in Kandhamal district by putting up posters and banners threatening villagers and security personnel in recent past.