BJP MLA, five cops killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh


(Online Desk)

Barely half an hour after the campaigning ended in the conflict zone of Bastar, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) triggered a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing a BJP MLA and five police personnel accompanying him near Kuakonda in Dantewada, about 450 km south of Raipur on Tuesday.

The BJP legislator Bheema Mandavi was returning after holding a public rally at Kirandul in Dantewada when the Naxalites targeted his convoy on the Kuakonda-Bacheli route and his bulletproof vehicle was tossed up in the air following the IED blast.

The incident while raising a big question on the lack of timely intelligence inputs for the forces and lack of adequate security ensured for the MLA has also sent apprehension among the polling staff who was air-lifted to the hypersensitive polling station for the conduct of the first phase of election in Bastar on April 11.

Dantewada is among the worst Maoist-affected district in the conflict-ridden Bastar.

Security forces have been rushed to the area. Further details are awaited.

The Maoists had called for boycotting the elections.

Dantewada goes to polls in the first phase of general elections on April 11.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has called for a high-level meeting at his official residence.