Vikash Sharma

The Superintendent of Police (SP), Nuapada district, Pratyush Diwaker said that a Naxal camp was busted following an exchange of fire with the Red rebels at Jholaparha under Sinapali police limits on Friday.

The senior official said that an ‘Anti-Naxal Operation’ was launched at Patdhara Reserve Forest area based on the receipt of credible information on December 14. The operation was launched by a joint team of security forces comprising SOG jawans, CRPF and DVF.

“On December 16, the team detected the Naxal camp near Jholaparha. On seeing the security personnel, the ultras started firing indiscriminately which was retaliated by our team. The security forces fired 49 rounds during the operation,” said Diwaker.

It is suspected that there were 15 to 20 Naxals at the camp and they managed to escape following the counter firing by the security personnel.

Several Naxal materials including medicines, jackets, radio, Maiost literature and other articles have been recovered. Meanwhile, combing operation in the area has been intensified following the encounter, Diwaker added.