BALANGIR: SOG jawans exchanged fire with Maoists camping in Tikhari reserve forest, about 25 km from here under Muribahal block, in the wee hours of Thursday.
While no casualty has been reported, the jawans recovered detonators, shoes and Maoist literature from the spot.
DIG (North) Prateek Mohanty said combing operation has been intensified in the reserve forest and additional reinforcement deployed. On intelligence inputs regarding movement of Maoists, SOG jawans raided the area. On seeing the security personnel, the Maoists opened fire and dispersed into the forest.
Balangir SP Deepak Kumar said further details will be known after the jawans return from the forest.