Security Forces, Maoists Exchange Fire In Kandhamal; One Militia Member Held

Kandhamal: An exchange of fire took place between the security forces and CPI (Maoist) cadres at Gochhapada Bireni forest in Kandhamal district on Thursday, police said today.

Informing about the gunbattle, the police said, acting on reliable input, a joint team of SOG and DVF had launched an anti-Naxalite operation near Bireni village under Gochhapada PS on December 15. The team was on operation when Maoists opened fire on the security personnel on December 17.

“Police party immediately took cover and asked Maoists to surrender themselves. In order to save themselves, the cops fired in a controlled manner.

Taking advantage of the dense jungle and difficult terrain, Naxals escaped from the spot. On combing operation, Police seized two country-made guns, a radio, medicines, clothes, and ration from the place,” the release mentioned.

The security personnel also arrested a militia in connection with the case today. His involvement will be examined and necessary legal action will be taken against him, the press release read.

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