Kolkata: A Maoist was killed and another injured on Tuesday in a gun battle with security forces in West Bengal`s West Midnapore district, police said.
Acting on intelligence inputs that a group of armed rebels had taken shelter at Baxibandh forest near Lalgarh, the security personnel conducted a raid early Tuesday.
"The members of the Communist Party of India-Maoist, led by squad leader Tota were hiding in the Baxibandh forest. Tota escaped with his other associates," a police officer.
"We are conducting search operations in and around the forest areas. Arms and ammunition have been recovered," West Midnapore Police Superintendent Manoj Verma said over phone.
The injured rebel has been rushed to hospital.
Maoists are active in three western districts of the state - West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.