Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

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. The killed security personnel have been identified as driver Danteshwar Maurya and District Force jawans Chhagan Kuldeep, Somdu Kawasi and Ramlal Oyami.

BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel were Tuesday killed when their convoy was attacked by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, two days before the first-phase elections in the state, police said.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has called for a high-level meeting at his official residence. Mandavi was the lone Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bastar region which accounts for 12 Assembly seats.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi too condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

Twenty-seven people, including senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and former Union minister V C Shukla, were killed in the ambush.

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The attack took place near the Shyamgiri village under Kowakanda police station around 5 PM.

This is not the first time that naxals have launched attacks before elections.

Security forces have been rushed to the area.

The attack is being seen as a clear warning by Maoists to boycott the three-phase voting for Lok Sabha polls in the state on April 11, 18 and 23.

Four security personnel were also killed in the attack as Naxals exploded an improvised explosive device while the convoy was passing by. Just 10 days before the Assembly elections past year, naxals killed a cameraperson of DD News, Achyutanand Sahu, in an ambush in insurgency-hit Dantewada district.

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