BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, four others killed in Naxal attack in Dantewada

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Updated: April 10, 2019 12:04 AM

The Naxals used an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the attack that took place at Nakulnar in Dantewada district.

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Five people, including BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, were killed in a Naxal attack in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. The Naxals used an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to attack the convoy at Shyamgiri hills as the BJP leader’s convoy was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli area.

Bhima Mandavi was coming back from his campaigning when the escort vehicle of the state police came under attack with the IED. The MLA’s convoy was going from Bacheli area to Kuwakonda, which is nearly 450 km from state capital Raipur when a vehicle was blown up by the Naxalites in the convoy who then opened fire at the occupants of the vehicle.

Mandavi was the only BJP legislator in the 12 seats of the Bastar region. The other 11 belong to Congress. Dantewada comes under the Bastar Lok Sabha seat which will go to polls on April 11.

“The MLA’s vehicle came in the ambit of the IED blast that left a huge crater on the site of the attack. Security forces have been rushed to the area,” P Sundar Raj, DIG, Naxal operations was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Special DG (Anti-Naxal Ops) DM Awasthi added that Bachheli PS Incharge had informed the BJP MLA that adequate security was not present on route near Kuakonda and was advised that he should not go there.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condemning the attack, said. “Strongly condemn the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. My tribute to the security personnel who were martyred. The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain.”

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said in his tweet that he prays that the deceased rest in peace.

After the attack, Chhattisgarh chief minister and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel said that “The Congress party understands the grief of people as it had also been the victim and had lost a “generation of their leaders in a Naxal attack.”

Ahead of the assembly polls in Chhattisgarh last year, an IED blast by Naxalites had killed a CISF personnel and three civilians.

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