Security forces exchange fire with Maoists

Jhargram: A gun battle on Sunday erupted between security forces and Maoists in a jungle in West Midnapore district along the Odisha border, police said.

No injuries or casualties from either side were, however, reported during the 20-minute-long exchange of firing at Belpahari.

Jhargram SP Gaurav Sharma said they were tipped-off that the Maoists were hiding in the area leading to a search operation in the area.

"After the initial firing, the Maoists seemed to have fled away to Odisha. We found a bag and a polythene sheet from the forest," he said.