SAMBALPUR, ORISSA, Jan. 19. — Maoist activists and police personnel exchanged fire near the Badarama outpost under Charmal police station in Sambalpur district last night. However, no casualty or injury has been reported
The exchange of fire has reportedly taken place when a group of Maoists were distributing leaflets in the village.
The ultras have opened fire on a police contingent which was passing through the village after combing the nearby forest. While the police have fired around 120 rounds, the ultras used approximately 70 to 80 bullets, according to the police.
The shoot-out has continued for several hours causing panic among the residents in the neighbouring villages.
Police sources said that the ultras had left behind eight live SLR cartridges and around 1,000 leaflets. The ammunitions seized from the ultras were suspected to be looted from the Koraput district armoury a couple of years ago.