Malkangiri: An exchange of fire took place between the security forces and Maoists in Bondapada-Sambalpur forest area under Mudulipada police limits in Malkangiri district.
Acting on intelligence input about the presence of Ultras in the forest, a combing operation was launched by the District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special Operation Group (SOG). On seeing police, the militants opened fire while the police resorted to retaliatory fire.
While the Red rebels managed to escape from the spot, the security personnel located a Maoist camp inside the forest which was later destroyed, informed Malkangiri SP.
Several Maoist articles were also seized from the spot, said the SP.
Meanwhile, combing operation has been intensified in the border areas.