Security forces today killed eight Maoists and arrested nine others in an attack on their training camp in the Bande forests of Chhattisgarh's Kanker district.
A joint team of the police and special task force was locked in a fierce gunbattle with the Maoists in the dense forests.
"The body of one Maoist was recovered. The bodies of seven others must have been carried away by their colleagues," said Kanker Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat.
In a separate search operation, security personnel recovered explosives from a dump in the Bimagunda forests in the same district.
"The police found a Maoist camp while cordoning off the forests near Bimaguda village, but the rebels had already left the place," Mr Bhagat said.
Explosives, uniforms and other materials left behind were seized, he said.