The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel busted a Maoist camp in Malkangiri district of Odisha on Sunday and seized arms and explosives.
According to police sources, the camp was situated in the jungle near Khalapadar in Chitrakonda area of the district. Based on intelligence reports, the BSF personnel had started combing operation in the area on Sunday. Although they tracked down the camp, it was found to be deserted as the ultras had escaped. Four guns and explosive materials were seized from the spot. Search operation continued in the area to track down the escaped Naxalites.
Meanwhile a Maoist leader named Benu, claiming to be secretary of Malkangiri district committee of the Naxalites, has sent an audio clip to the media. Through this audio clip, he has criticised the surrender of hundreds of Maoist sympathisers and militias from the Mathili area of Malkangiri district. He termed these surrenders to be an outcome of use of force by the police. He added that the police were falsely implicating innocent persons as Maoists. He threatened to take revenge on leaders of the ruling BJD if these did not stop.