Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Jun 29:

Heavy exchange of fire between Maoists and security personnel was reported today in Gurundia forested area in Odisha’s Sundargarh district.

Armed Maoists
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Acting on a tip-off that the Red rebels were holding a camp in the Gurundia forested area, Rourkela police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group personnel conducted a joint raid, reports said.

Reportedly, following an exchange of fire between both sides, Maoists deserted the camp and escaped deeper into the forest.

While there are no reports of casualties on either side, security personnel have seized huge quantities of explosives from the deserted camp, reports added.

This is the second time in the last one week when an exchange of fire between security personnel and the Red rebels has been reported. The last time was on June 23 wherein large quantities of Maoist articles were seized from a deserted Maoist camp.

In a related development, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel today recovered five landmines from Gunji forested area in Lamtaput block of Koraput district.

This is the third time in the last three days security personnel have recovered explosives in huge quantities from different areas in Koraput district.