Phulbani: Two days after the encounter death of four Maoists, security forces gunned down another cadre of the banned outfit in the same forest near Sirla village in Kandhamal district on Tuesday morning.
Acting on intelligence inputs about presence of some Maoists inside the forest, a joint team of District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel began a search operation this morning.
During the operation, the Maoists suddenly opened fire at the security personnel who immediately retaliated. After a brief exchange of fire, the Maoists fled the area.
The security personnel later found the body of a Maoist and identified him as an active member of the Bansadhara-Ghumusar-Nagabali (BGN) Division of the outlawed CPI-Maoist outfit.
Besides, a huge cache of arms and other articles were seized from the forest.
Following the incident, combing operation in the area has been intensified.