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Maoists-police exchange fires in Kandhamal

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Kandhamal: An exchange of fires occurred between Maoists and Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel near Lankagarh village forest of Kandhamal district here in the wee hours of Thursday, sources said.

Acting on a tip off jawans raided the camp and during a face off gun battle took place which lasted for half some hours. Reports of any casualties have so far not been reported. Police have intensified combing operations as red rebels have reportedly fled from the area.

During the raid jawans seized huge cash of explosives, arms and ammunition along with bundles of old currency notes.

Meanwhile, People’s Liberations Guerrilla Army (PLGA) has urged people in Malkangiri to observe the organization’s weekly foundation day from December 20 to 28. They have pasted posters and banners at several places asking public to call a mass strike for Forest and Land rights in coming days.

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