BJP MLA, four others killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh


BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi was among five killed after Naxals attacked a convoy with IED in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada on Tuesday, 9 April. The MLA and four security personnel were killed in the attack, police officials said.

The attackers also allegedly opened fire at the occupants of the convoy.

A reinforcement of CRPF contingent has been rushed to the explosion site.

Three constituencies in Chhattisgarh will be going to polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha Elections.

Those killed in the incident were identified as driver Danteshwar Maurya and district force jawans Chhagan Kuldeep, Somdu Kawasi and Ramlal Oyami, police said.

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Taking to Twitter, Modi said, "Strongly condemn the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh".

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has called a high-level meeting in Raipur. Apart from Mandavi, five security personnel also lost their lives. The Election Commission has sought a report, but said polling in the state will be held as per schedule. "The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain". Twenty-seven people, including senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and former Union Minister V.C. Shukla, were killed in the ambush.

Ahead of the assembly elections in November previous year, a CISF personnel and three civilians were killed in Dantewada when an IED planted by Naxals tore through a bus.

But they are most active in a forested belt of the country dubbed the "red corridor" and encompassing the states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. In November 2018, when a Narendra Modi lookalike from Dantewada, Abhinandan Pathak, joined the Congress saying 'achche din won't come', Mandavi was quick to remark that it only proved how the prime minister was immensely popular.