Maoist camp destroyed in Rayagada district

Rayagada: A camp of Maoists was destroyed during an exchange of fire between them and security personnel in Rayagada district on Friday, police said.

During a joint combing operation launched by CRPF and elite SOG jawans at Paniganda forest areas of Munikhole gram panchayat, the ultras fired at the security forces. Security forces retaliated in which some rebels were injured, Deputy Inspector General of Police (South-West), Soumendra Priyadarshi said.

However, the exact number of the injured could not be ascertained as the ultras quickly fled the scene, police said. Security personnel also destroyed a camp of the ultras, the DIG said.

Superintendent of Police, Raygada, Anup Krishna said a rifle had been seized and the red rebels disappered in the dense forest after the encounter, Krishna said.

Priyadarshi said a massive combing operation was launched by security forces in the entire region after the exchange of fire.