Maoists gunned down three police personnel, including the security guard of senior JMM leader Sudam Marandi, after a football match in Orissa's Mayurbhanj district tonight.
The former MP, however, escaped unhurt, police said.
About ten armed ultras struck soon after a football tournament at village Bandap under Chandua police station, about 35 km from here, near Orissa-West Bengal border where Marandi was invited as a guest, they said.
The Maoists attacked the security personnel accompanying Marandi when they were leaving the venue of the tournament after distribution of prizes, police said adding the Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police Narayan Pradhan and two other securitymen were shot dead by the ultras.
Hearing the gunshots, those who had gathered to watch the tournament ran helter skelter while Marandi and Mayurbhanj district JMM President Bhadab Hansda were believed to have taken shelter at a place near the venue.
Police were sent to the incident site to nab the ultras who fled the place soon after the attack, police said.
A cultural programme slated for the night was cancelled in view of the attack by Maoists.