Raipur: Maoists opened fire early Wednesday at a police outpost at Chintalnar in Dantewada district where the guerrillas had slaughtered 76 security personnel last month, police said.
"Maoists opened fire from two sides at a police outpost in Chintalnar. The policemen, backed by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalion that was camping close to the outpost, strongly retaliated," TJ Longkumer, inspector general of police, Bastar, said by phone.
"It was a `harassing fire` by the Maoists at Chintalnar outpost. The Maoists ran away after the retaliatory firing. There was no casualty from either side," he added.
Longkumer said nearly 150 security personnel of the 62nd battalion of the CRPF and state policemen based at Chintalnar were combing the Chintalnar forest in a bid to apprehend the attackers.
The Maoists killed 75 CRPF men of the 62nd battalion and a state policeman in Chintalnar forest April 6 in the biggest-ever attack carried out by them since they launched a violent movement from a village of West Bengal in 1967.