A jawanof the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and four others were killed in when Naxals blew up a vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada on Thursday.Two CISF personnel were also injured in the incident,Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told the media.
This is the third such attack in Chhattisgarh within a span of two weeks.The explosion took place in a hilly area in Bacheli in Dantewada when the personnel were returning to their camp after purchasing groceries from market, he said. The civilians killed in the blast included the bus driver, conductor and cleaner.
“One CISF jawan and four civilians lost their lives and two injured in the attack today. Morale of the forces will not be affected due to these attacks. The upcoming assembly elections will be conducted peacefully,” V Sinha, IG Bastartold media.
Dantewada falls under the Naxal-affected Bastar region, which also includes Bijapur, Konta, Chitrakot, Bastar, Narainpur, Kondagaon, Keshkal, Kanker, Bhanupratappur, Antagarh and Jagdalpur. Eight of them, are held by the Congress and the rest by the BJP.
A total of 18 assembly seats spread across eight Naxal-hit districts will go to polls in the first phase on November 12 and rest 72 seats on November 20. The opposition Congress has been trying to wrest power from the BJP which has been ruling the state since 2003 under Chief Minister Raman Singh.
The Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases on November 12 and 20. The results will be announced on December 11.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the state on Friday to address a rally ahead of the November 12 elections.
On October 30, a Doordarshan crew was attacked in Dantewada while they were out to cover the poll preparations in the area ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
In another attack, four CRPF jawans were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Awapalli on October 27.