RAYAGADA:A Maoist camp was destroyed and explosives seized from a village located on Rayagada-Kalahandi border on Wednesday. The seizure followed an encounter between police and the Maoists.
Giving details about the encounter, Rayagada SP K Siva said on getting information about the movement of a group of armed Maoists in Balasaraj village in Niyamgiri area on the border of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, a joint combing operation was launched by the police of both the districts on Wednesday.
During the combing operation, the Maoists suddenly opened fire at the police near Semlabhata village under Lanjigarh police limits at about 3 pm. Security personnel retaliated and unable to face the counter attack, the Maoists fled.
Police later seized a switch board for landmine, a tiffin bomb, four electric detonators, electric wires measuring 30 metres, a walkie-talkie set, torch lights, Maoist literature and books from the spot.
“The Maoist cadres belonged to Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagavali division of Maoists,” the SP said, adding that there is every possibility of Maoist casualties during the encounter. Meanwhile, combing operation in the area has been intensified.