Malkangiri, Feb 17: A gunfight broke out between security forces and Maoists in Bondapada-Sambalpur forest area under the Mudulipada police station in Malkangiri district, informed Malkalgiri SP Rishikesh Dnyandeo Khilari today.
Acting on a tip-off about movement of Maoists in the forest, a joint team of DVF and SOG launched a combing operation during which the extremists opened fire at the security forces.
In retaliation, the red rebels managed to escape in the dense forest leaving behind their belongings and articles. The team seized uniforms, kit bags, mobile phone and other articles from the spot, added the SP.
The security forces have intensified search operations in the area following the exchange of fire.