Chhattisgarh: Maoist attack kills two cops and Doordarshan cameraman
On Tuesday, two policemen, along with a cameraman from national broadcaster Doordarshan was killed when Maoists attacked the channel's crew in poll-bound Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. Reportedly, the attack took place while the crew was engaged in election-related coverage near the Aranpur village in the Dantewada district. Notably, this is the second Maoist attack in a week. Here's more.
What we know about the attack
The attack took place in the Nilawaya forest area at about 11:20am on Tuesday. Reportedly, while the Doordarshan team, accompanied by police, were moving towards an interior village, their vehicles were ambushed by Maoists. Subsequently, CRPF reinforcements were called in. The deceased cameraman has been identified as Achyuta Nanda Sahu, while the deceased policemen were identified as sub-inspector Rudra Pratap, and assistant sub-inspector Manglu.
I&B minister Rajyavardhan Rathore condemns the attack
Just days back, a Maoist attack killed four CRPF jawans
Three days back, a Maoist attack on security forces left four CRPF jawans dead, and two wounded. The attack took place in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district where an anti-landmine vehicle containing six CRPF personnel was blown up by Maoists using an improvised explosive device. The blast took place a kilometer away from the CRPF's Murdanda camp, and it was fortunate that others weren't injured or killed.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh was in the neighboring district
The attack on the jawans took place on a day when Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh launched the ruling BJP's campaign in the neighboring district of Sukma. The first phase of the Assembly polls will be held on November 12, and will cover 18 constituencies in eight Naxal-affected districts. The voting for the rest of the constituencies will take place on November 20. Results will be declared on December 11.