The exchange of fire took place last evening. No casualties were reported from either side, though the police recovered some arms from the spot.
According to police, Central Reserve Police Force troops and the district police were on an anti-Maoist mission in the forests of Kharkadi village when they sighted a Maoist camp.
On sighting the police, the Maoists opened fire at them and the policemen retaliated, resulting in an exchange which lasted for about 20 minutes. However due to growing pressure from the police, the Maoists fled the spot under the cover of the forest.
The police found one claymore mine, a wire bundle, a handmade bomb, 125 rounds, 35 pencil cells, a radio, a tent and some other material from the spot. Combing operations in the area have been intensified, the police said.
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