BJP legislator, 4 security personnel killed in Maoist attack in Dantewada

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

A devastating Maoist attack just two days before the national elections killed the BJP lawmaker of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada this afternoon. BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi was returning from campaigning when the escort vehicle of the state police was targetted with the IED.

The attack is seen as the Maoists' way of issuing a warning.

BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, his driver and three personal security officers were killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in Kuakonda area, a forested part of Dantewada district, this evening, they said.

"My tributes to the security personnel who were martyred", he posted on Twitter.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi "strongly" condemned the attack, saying the sacrifice of those killed will not go in vain.

"Bhima Mandavi was a dedicated Karyakarta of the BJP".

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel cancelled his election meetings and rushed to his office for a meeting with senior police and intelligence officers after the attack. Diligent and courageous, he assiduously served the people of Chhattisgarh. "The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain", he tweeted. He had also been vocal in his criticism of the ruling Congress. While Dantewada votes on April 18, Bastar - another Naxal-infested area - will vote on April 11. "Who will understand the pain more than us who have lost a whole generation of leaders to a major Naxal attack?" Devti, wife of Mahendra Karma who was killed in a Maoist attack in Jhiram Valley in 2013, earlier defeated Mandavi by almost 6,000 votes.

The attack is reminiscent of a similar incident that took place in the Naxal hotbed of Bastar ahead of the assembly elections in May 2013. Just 10 days before the Assembly elections a year ago, naxals killed a cameraperson of DD News, Achyutanand Sahu, in an ambush in insurgency-hit Dantewada district.

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