Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Security personnel got engaged in an exchange of fire with Maoists in Narayanpatna block of Koraput district in Orissa on Saturday evening.

According to sources the incident occurred inside Gumandi forest area near Podapadar under Narayanpatna police station limits. As per reports exchange of fire was continuing till 8.30 p.m. The spot of the incident was around 100 kilometres away from the district headquarter town of Koraput.

When contacted senior police officials said they were yet to get exact information from the place of encounter. It may be noted that Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are deployed in Naryanpatna block. Podapadar happens to be the home village of Nachika Linga the leader of controversial tribal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) alleged to be having links with naxals. Mr. Linga is also absconding and is being searched by police. In recent past CMAS and Mr. Linga had come up with a statement opposing deployment of central forces in Narayanpatna block for a proposed major onslaught against Maoists.