At least eight persons, including the Vice-Chairman of Kuarmunda block, were injured when two suspected Maoists attacked them by hurling bombs at Raibaga, 35 km from Rourkela, police said Saturday.
The injured persons were rushed to Biramitrapur Primary Health Centre and later shifted to Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) in Rourkela.
The incident took place late last night when the block Vice-Chairman, Shyam Sundar Sahu and other villagers questioned two motorcycle-borne youths on their suspicious activities, they said.
The duo suspected Maoist then attacked them with bombs and flee away immediately into the nearby forests.
Police said that search operations were on to nab the ultras who are suspected to belong to the neighbouring state Jharkhand.
In another incident, Raibaga locals gheraoed the police station for three hours yesterday demanding the arrest of a person who allegedly trafficked girls and two of his aides.
The locals earlier rescued a minor girl hailing from Jharkhand from the clutches of the alleged traffickers and handed her over to her parents staying in a village near Balama in Jharkhand.