Bhubaneswar: Security personnel Friday gunned down a Maoist ultra during an encounter with the rebels at a forested area under Khaprakhol police station in Odisha`s Bolangir district.
"Acting on a tip off, we launched a combing operation in the morning with the CRPF jawans and traced a camp in the area. As soon as the rebels felt our presence, they opened unprovoked firing on our personnel. But our forces strongly retaliated," DIG (Northern range) Sanjay Kumar told reporters.
One body was recovered from the spot, he said.
Police suspected that a few more extremists could have sustained injury in the one-hour exchange of fire.
Kumar said a search operation has been launched in the area to nab other members of the group who fled.
"We suspect the camp was a permanent set up to train the rebels," he added.
The incident took place barely less than a week after an encounter in Saraikela police station area in Bolangir district.