Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

An exchange of fire has been reported between security personnel and the Maoists inside the dense forest area of Gandhamardan hill in Bargarh district, sources said on Tuesday.

While no injury or casualty has been reported so far, the exchange of fire was still continuing till the last filing of this report.

Senior security officials are on their way and they are expected to reach the spot soon.

After getting intelligence input about the presence of some Ultras in the forest, a joint team of CRPF personnel and Bargarh district police reached the area for a search operation. 

On seeing the security personnel, the Maoists opened fire and the security personnel also retaliated with heavy gunshots.

As per the latest reports, a Maoist camp has been busted inside the jungle. Some of the Maoists have retreated from the area during the combing operation. Some Maoist materials like arms and ammunition have also been seized from the spot.

As per sources, the Maoists have become active in the area ahead of the 2024 General Election. It seems that the Maoists want to disrupt the poll process. Hence, it has become a huge challenge for the security personnel to curb the Maoist menace in the area during the election period.