Maoists kill BJP MLA in Dantewada

BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel were killed when their convoy was attacked by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, two days before the first phase of election in the state.

The MLA’s convoy was attacked on Shyamagiri hills while it was headed towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli area, about 450 km from state capital Raipur.

The Maoists blew up a vehicle in the convoy with an IED and opened fire at the occupants. The MLA and four security personnel were killed in the attack, police officials said.

Security forces were immediately rushed to the area.

The attack was reminiscent of a similar ambush in the Maoist hotbed of Bastar ahead of the assembly election in May 2013. Twenty-seven people, including senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and former Union minister V C Shukla, were then killed.

Before the assembly election in November last year, a CISF personnel and three civilians were killed in Dantewada when an improvised explosive device planted by Maoists tore through a bus.

Dantewada falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha seat which will go to polls in the first phase on April 11

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