Acting on a tip-off about the presence of several Maoists, police led by Superintendent of Police P Navin Kumar recovered the huge cache of arms during operation "green hunt". The Maoists, however, managed to flee.

During the operation, there was an exchange of fire between security forces and the ultras, the officer said.

In 2005, the then SP KC Surendra Babu and six other policemen were killed in a landmine attack by the Maoists in the same Bheem Bandh forest area.

(Agencies)

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