Two Maoist guerrillas were killed in a gun battle with the police in Orissa's Malkangiri district, authorities said on Monday.
The rebels were spotted carrying a hand grenade in a bag during a security check Sunday evening on the outskirts of Malkangiri, 620 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjeeb Kumar Panda told IANS the two guerrillas escaped into a nearby forest where they were shot dead.
He said two 9 mm pistols were also seized.
Police suspect the rebels planned to attack policemen in the wake of a two day bandh call they have given in five states, including Orissa from Monday.