BJP MLA, 4 policemen die in naxal attack

BJP MLA among 5 killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh Edited By Odishatv Bureau | By IANS Last updated Apr 9 2019- 21:04:42

Security forces have been rushed to the area, they said.

Mandavi was the lone Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bastar region which accounts for 12 Assembly seats.

The intensity of the blast, which took place around 25 km away from the district headquarters, was very powerful, which left the bulletproof vehicle of Mandavi in two pieces.

In his report to the poll panel, Mr Sahu said he has "taken an immediate video conference of collectors and SPs (superintendents of police) of the affected districts covering Phase 1 and phase 2 in Chhattisgarh". Initially, the BJP MLA was reported missing but P Sundar Raj, DIG, Anti-Naxal Operations, confirmed that Mandavi was killed in the attack.

Dantewada, where the attack took place, falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase on Thursday. The explosion targeted the first auto, which had security personnel travelling in it.

BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and four others lost their lives on Tuesday in a dastardly attack carried out by Naxals in Dantewada.




Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, through a series of tweets said that this was an attack on "parliamentary democracy".

The other four who died were security personnel accompanying the politician, assistant superintendent of police Chandramohan Singh told CNN.

This was the first Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh since the Congress assumed power in December last year, ending 15 years of BJP rule in the state. The prime minister said Mandavi was a dedicated "karyakarta" (worker) of the BJP. "The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain", the PM tweeted.

"My government is consistently working to win people's confidence and Naxals felt upset about that and this brutal attack is basically the result of their frustration".

The state unit of the BJP also reacted angrily to the killing and alleged that state's new Congress regime has a nexus with the Maoists.

Chhattisgarh will go for polls in three phases - April 11, 18 and 23.

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