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Search operation on to nab Maoists after exchange of fire in Odisha forest

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Deogarh: A massive search operation has been launched to nab nearly two dozen members of CPI (Maoist) post a flush out operation inside a forest in Odisha’s Deogarh district.

As per police sources, the operation was conducted on Saturday and Sunday following an intelligence tip off about movement of Red rebels inside Rakura forest.

Security personnel comprising staff from Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) conducted a raid for these two consecutive days. During the operation, the ultras opened fire at the men in uniform which was retaliated by the latter leading to a brief exchange of fire.

Under the cover of dense forest, the members of outlawed group numbering around 22 disappeared into the forest.

“The search operation is still on and the jawans are trying to nab the Maoists alive. At present, the SDS Division is active under the leadership of Anmol alias Samarji alias Susanta,” police said.

Though no casualty was reported from either side, arms and ammunitions along with other materials were seized during the operation which includes: a 9 mm carbine, a 9 mm carbine magazine, 10 rounds of 9 mm ball ammunitions, one set 7.62 mm SLR bridge block, a 7.62 mm SLR magazine, three rounds of 7.62 mm ball ammunitions, an axe, a knife, a solar plate, a computer keyboard, two umbrellas, two medicine boxes, two saline bottles, four Maoist literature books, five bags containing dry fruits among other things.