"Maoists opened fire from two sides at a police outpost in Chintalnar. The policemen, backed by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalion that was camping close to the outpost, strongly retaliated," T J Longkumer, inspector general of police, Bastar, said by phone.
"It was a 'harassing fire' by the Maoists at Chintalnar outpost. The Maoists ran away after the retaliatory firing. There was no casualty from either side," he added.
150 security personnel of the 62nd battalion of the CRPF and state policemen based at Chintalnar are combing the Chintalnar forest to nab the rebels, Lonkumer said.
The attack comes just months after the gruesome Dantewada massacre in which 75 CRPF personnel of 62nd battalion and a state policeman were killed.