Vikash Sharma

An exchange of fire was reported between the jawans of the Special Operation Group (SOG) and naxals at Tumudibandha area in Kandhamal district on Wednesday.

As per initial reports, a naxal camp was busted following the exchange of fire and several articles were seized from the naxal camp. As blood stains have been spotted, it is suspected that some naxals have been injured in the encounter, said sources.

However, the exact information in this connection is yet to be ascertained by police officials.

Meanwhile, combing operations have been intensified following the exchange of fire. It is pertinent to mention here that three Maoists were killed in an operation by the Special Intelligence Wing (SIW) recently in Kalahandi district.

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The encounter came against the backdrop of the killing of 10 police personnel and a driver in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district by Naxals in April this year.

It was probably for the first that the SIW team was directly involved in a direct exchange of fire with the ultras. In the exchange of fire, a DSP rank officer also sustained bullet injuries and was airlifted to Bhubaneswar for treatment.

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