Bhubaneswar: Security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and other articles belonging to the Maoists following an exchange of fire in the reserve forest area of Patdhara under Boden police limits in Nuapada district near Odisha-Chhattisgarh border on Friday.
Reportedly, Nuapada Police had received intelligence input about the huge camping of Naxalites of CPI (Maoists) in the dense forest of Patdhara. As per the information the Naxalites had gathered to plan various anti-security forces strategies and to carry out other subversive activities.
Accordingly, on Wednesday (July 6), an Anti-Naxal Operation was launched by combined security forces of the Special Operation Group (SOG), District Voluntary Force (DVF), and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
At around 10.10 am on Friday (July 8), while the commandos of SOG were conducting a search operation in the forest area of Patdhara, 60 to 80 hidden armed Naxalites led by lead by Murli @ Sangram Reddy, Debji, Jayaram alias Chhalpati, Kartik alias Dashru, Jayaram alias Guddu, Anju alias Padma, Sangita, Janila, Parvati, Soni, and others opened indiscriminate fire towards the Security Forces with the intention of killing them.
The team retaliated gallantly and counter fired in self-defense. Due to this, Naxals fled the area. After the exchange of fire, the combined security forces searched the area and recovered several items used by the Maoists. Further combing operation is continuing in the area.