**Bargarh: ** After receiving information from reliable sources on the presence of Maoists in Gandhamardan mountain area, security personnel has launched combing and search operation to nab them.
Bargarh district’s Padampur SDPO Laxmi Narayan Panda informed media, “Regular combing and search operation has been launched for which a team was pressed into action yesterday early morning on Gandhamardan mountain area near Manmohan Dam as we had received information.”
He added, “The information was that Nuapada-Balangir-Bargarh Maoist Area Commander Rabindra’s team was present there. Hence, when our team was scaling down the mountain after launching search operation, it noticed that 10-12 Maoists armed and in uniform were present on the foothill.”
He also informed, “They were warned to surrender but they first resorted to random firing on the police personnel. Our police also counter-fired. There was thus exchange of fire. It is suspected that two of the Maoists have been injured. However, taking advantage of the darkness they scaled up the Gandhamardan.”
“Till now, search operation is on by CRPF and DVF. Rabindra is a hardcore Maoist and suspected to be hailing from Chhattisgarh,” the SDPO stated.
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