Chhattisgarh: Amid polling, Naxals trigger IED-blast in Raipur; none hurt
(Sourced from PTI)
Naxals triggered an IED blast this morning in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where voting is underway, a senior police official said. No casualty was reported in the incident, he said. "The explosion took place around 4.15 am in Farasgaon area on Narayanpur-Dandwan road when a team of security men was escorting polling personnel to their booth," the official said.
Naxals had planted the explosive underground and were waiting for the security forces to arrive. "However, when the rebels realized that security personnel had changed their route and were zeroing in on them through a forest, they triggered the IED (improvised explosive device) blast in panic and fled the spot," he said. "No harm was caused to the security and polling personnel," he added.
Around 80,000 state and paramilitary personnel were deployed across the Bastar LS constituency where polling is being held in its four Assembly segments - Dantewada, Konta, Bijapur, and Narayanpur, from 7 am-3 pm, said the official. Total seven candidates are in fray there. The voting time in the remaining four Assembly segments - Bastar, Chitrakot, Kondagaon, and Jagdalpur - is from 7 am-5 pm.