Security forces on Wednesday recovered a huge cache of Maoist-related material, including an improvised bomb, following a gunfight with Maoists in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Nobody was reported injured in the gunfight, they said.

The skirmish took place when a joint team of Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and district force was out on a search operation in the forest of Mohla police station area, a senior police official said.

“When the security forces were advancing through forest between Sudiyal and Bukmarka villages, Naxals triggered three improvised explosive device (IED) blasts and opened indiscriminate fire on them that led to a fierce gun-battle,” he said. After the intermittent firing that lasted for around an hour, the ultras fled into the forest in neighbouring Maharashtra, he said.

During a search of the spot, a pressure cooker IED bomb, 300-metre wire, huge quantity of Maoist literature, medical kits, bags, ration materials and utensils were recovered, the official added.

“No harm was reported to either side in the incident,” the officer said.