Berhampur, March 13 (LocalWire): A woman Maoist cadre was killed during an exchange of fire inside a forest near Tumudibandh area in Kandhamal district today. None of the security force personnel sustained any injuries, police said.
Suspecting Maoist activity in the forest, a team of Special Operation Group and district voluntary force of the state police went on a combing operation.
Around 20 Maoists, including some women cadres, fled when their camp was busted. Several weapons, including a 303 rifle and three hand grenades were seized. Police also found Maoist literature, said inspector general of police, Berhampur,Yatindra Koyal. The identity of the slain Maoist was yet to be established, he said.
Police suspect the Maoists might be from Chhatisgarh or Andhra Pradesh and camped inside the jungle ahead of the scheduled twin elections for the state Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.