Berhampur: A Maoist camp was destroyed and huge quantities of materials including landmine wires were seized during an operation by security forces inside a forest in Odisha’s Ganjam district.
About six kg of wires used for landmine explosion, a generator, stabilisers, bullet-proof jackets and uniforms were among the materials seized from the camp in Sorada area which was destroyed during the raid conducted since Friday night, police said.
The seized materials also included Maoist literature, several CDs, three containers with rice, dal, water jackets, medicines, glucose packets, saline bottles, contraceptive tablets and around 200 packets of condoms, they said.
“Maoists who were camping there fled after an exchange of the fire with security person Friday night in the jungle. No one was hurt in the exchange of fire,” Superintendent of Police (Ganjam) Rajesh Pandit said.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) had conducted the raid.
In another operation, security personnel seized a Tiffin bomb, Maoist uniforms, medicines and several literatures from Sharmbi jungle under Kandhamal’s Kotagarh police limit.
Exchange of fire also took place in the area between ultras and security personnel during the combing operation on the same day, said DIG (southern range) R K Sharma.
This was the first exchange of fire between the red rebels and security personnel after the twin hostage crisis involving two Italians and BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka who had been abducted by two Maoist groups.