A BJP legislator Bhima Mandavi and five security personnel have been killed in a Maoist attack in south Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada region, just two days ahead before the first phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections in the region.
According to police, Maoists had blown up an improvised explosive device on the road when the Dantewada legislator Bhima Mandavi’s convoy was passing through the district. One SUV was blown up in the attack.
The BJP legislator and 5 security personnel were killed in the attack, said Dantewada district police chief Abhishek Pallav. The personal security guard of MLA Bheema Mandavi was killed in the incident.
The report claims that the IED blast was followed by firing. Earlier media report claimed that the BJP MLA was missing but the news of his demise was subsequently confirmed by DIG-Anti-Naxal Operations P Sundar Raj.
The attack is reportedly said to have taken place between the Kuakonda and Syamgiri area of Chhattisgarh’s tribal Dantewada region. The incident is said to have occurred at about 4.30 PM in the afternoon when the left-wing terrorists triggered an IED blast.
A vehicle carrying security forces too came under the effect of the blast. Subsequently, CRPF reinforcements were rushed to the spot and an encounter was reported as underway between them and the Naxals.
Dantewada, perhaps the most affected region when it comes to Naxal militancy, falls under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which is slated to go to polls on April 11. The campaigning for the polls ended a few minutes ago.