At least 1 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan and 4 civilians were killed in an IED blast triggered by Maoists near Bacheli police station in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday. According to the ANI, armed Maoists targetted a bus that was ferrying the security personnel and the civilians today and triggered the blast. The wounded were shifted to the nearest hospital. The attack comes a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in the state’s Jagdalpur district.
Bastar IG Vivekanand Sinha said the morale of the forces will not be affected due to such attacks and the upcoming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will be conducted peacefully. The first phase of the polls is scheduled to start on November 12 while the second phase of polling will begin on November 20. The incident took place barely two days after 62 Maoists surrendered before Sinha and Narayanpur SP Jitendra Shukla (on Tuesday). In a similar coordinated attack on security forces on October 27, four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed when Maoists blew up their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district.
Doordarshan cameraperson Achutyanand Sahu lost his life and two police personnel were severely injured after Maoists opened attack in Dantewada district on October 30.
More details awaited.