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BJP MLA, 4 security men killed in Dantewada Maoist attack

Attack in the hills:The mangled remains of the vehicle that was attacked by Maoists in Dantewada on Tuesday.PTIPTI

Attack in the hills:The mangled remains of the vehicle that was attacked by Maoists in Dantewada on Tuesday.PTIPTI  

Extremists blow up vehicle with explosives, open fire at occupants

Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel were killed on Tuesday, when their convoy was attacked by suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. The attack comes two days before the first phase of the Lok Sabha election begins in the State, the police said.

Dantewada falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to the polls on April 11.

Poll as scheduled

The Election Commission said the first phase of polling in the State would be conducted as per schedule.

The ambush occurred at Shyamagiri hills when the MLA’s convoy was heading to Kuwakonda from the Bacheli area, which is about 450 km from the State capital Raipur. The Maoists blew up a vehicle in the convoy with an improvised explosive device (IED) and opened fire at its occupants. Security forces were rushed to the area, police sources said.

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

Modi condemns attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted condolence messages and paid tributes to those killed.

Mr. Modi “strongly” condemned the attack, saying the sacrifice of those killed would not go in vain.

( With PTI inputs )

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