A team of district reserve guards (DRG) was on the search operation at Kerlapal area when two jawans accidentally hit an IED planted by the Naxalites as part of a booby trap.
Members of the banned Left-wing extremist group detonated landmines and then fired indiscriminately on a police bus in Hudanga village.
Top Maoist leader and founder of Odisha Maobadi Party, Sabyasachi Panda, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Ganjam District Additional District and Sessions Judge on Saturday.
A Maosist cadre Parsuram Dharua alias Mantu (29) of Karipani village under Boden police limits surrendered before Nuapada SP Smith P Parmar on Saturday.
In a handwritten poster left at the spot, the CPI (Maoist) South Bastar Division operating in Chhattisgarh and its bordering areas including Malkangiri claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Maoists torch five tractors and two JCV machines at Nuamunda
The extremists, who have been opposing the construction of a new rural road between Urladani and Lahadi, set ablaze five tractors and some machines, police said.
The unclaimed bodies of Maoist couple, who were killed in an encounter on May 8, were buried by police on Tuesday.
Security has been beefed up in the bordering areas of the district following intelligence inputs on possibility of a Maoist strike.
Most of the firearms seized from South Odisha were smuggled from Bihar and Jharkhand
Bhupesh Baghel said that talks can be held with Maoists if they respect the Indian Constitution and give up their weapons.
Effective police action in Maoist areas has helped in controlling the menace to a large extent, said DGP Dr RP Sharma. The Maoists would soon be rooted out from the State, he added.
The entire Kalabera village comprising 36 tribal families was shifted from the top of Ayodhya Hills in Purulia to the plains by the Trinamool government.
Once a formidable fort of the Left, Jhargram and Medinipur seats in Jangalmahal were won by Trinamool Congress in 2014 but is being alleged of partial approach in the implementation of various schemes
Koraput SP Kanwar Vishal Singh said after receiving reliable inputs about the movement of armed Maoist cadres, an operation was planned by the operational headquarters.