Raipur: Security forces busted a Maoist camp after a fierce gun battle in Chhattisgarh's insurgency- hit Kanker district, a day ahead of Independence Day, police official said here on Friday.
"The skirmish between a joint team of security personnel and Maoist rebels took place at Rampur village forests under Partapur police station limits," Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said, adding that a cache of firearms and explosives were also seized from the encounter spot.
The police official said that a joint squad of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the district police force reached the spot for a search operation based on a specific input about Maoists gathering in the Rampur area, located around 250 km away from the Chhattisgarh state capital of Raipur.
Sensing police presence near the spot, the armed Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at them after which?they retaliated, the police official said.
However, as security forces began zeroing in on them after intermittent firing for an hour, the Maoists escaped taking advantage of the rough terrain and dense forest, the police official said.
Later, a 12-bore gun, a revolver, rounds, self loading rifle's live magazines, tiffin bombs, wire, polythene sheets, Maoist literature, medicines and commodities of daily use were recovered from the?Maoist camp, the police official said.
Blood?stains?at the spot indicated that some Maoists might have received injuries in the gun battle,?the police official said.
"Patrolling and search operations have been intensified in the region in the view of Independence Day celebrations tomorrow to avoid any untoward incident," the police official said.