Maoists today triggered a landmine blast and indulged in gunfire near a forest in this area as security forces began fresh operations against Maoists in West Midnapore district.
A PTI correspondent who is in the conflict zone reported that gunshots were heard from Kadashole forest, a few minutes after the mine blast.
Security forces had crossed Pinboni and were moving towards Ramgarh. Kadashole forest, 4 km from Pingboni, is between Ramgarh and Pingboni.
IGP (Law & Order) Raj Kanojia said “The forces are taking control of the forest areas and adjacent fields as they are moving ahead”.
While a large contingent was moving ahead, sections of forces were also being posted at different points to ensure area domination.
Kanojia said the forces will launch operations to sanitise the stretch from Pingboni to Ramgarh.