Ahead of the visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Bastar region, outlawed Maoists today triggered an improvised explosive device (IED), killing four persons including a security personnel at Bacheli in the strife-torn Dantewada district, about 430 km south of Raipur.
According to Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava Maoists targeted a CISF vehicle detonating a powerful IED blast, killing one Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan and three civilians — a driver, conductor and cleaner of the mini-bus, on the spot. Two jawans had sustained injuries.
SP said taht they are trying to find out whether the forces were on poll duty or it was their routine movement in and around the NMDC mines. The services of CISF are deployed in the region to safeguard the network of NMDC installations and its operational units.
Both the prime minister and the Congress president are scheduled to address election rallies at three different places in conflict zone of Bastar, tomorrow. The Naxal attack occurred when the state’s top police and intelligence officials are in Bastar to review the security preparedness.
During the past two week the rebels had registered their presence by unleashing violence at Bijapur, Kanker and Dantewada ahead of the polls. The Kirandul-Bacheli mines of the state-own mining giant NMDC in the jungles of Dantewada are seen as a Naxal hotbed and the clashes between the Red brigade and the security forces have often bene reported.