Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Tuesday condemned the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh in which three people, including a DD News cameraman, were killed, and assured all assistance to the family of the deceased media person.
Sub Inspector Rudra Pratap, Assistant Constable Mangalu and Doordarshan (DD) News cameraman Achyutanand Sahu were killed in a Naxal ambush in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday.
Prasar Bharati said DD News had deployed a camera team for election coverage in Chhattisgarh which included cameraman Sahu, reporter Dhiraj Kumar and light assistant Mormukt Sharma.
The team came under attack by Maoists this forenoon near Dantewada, it said.
“Prasar Bharati parivar condoles the death of Cameraman Achyutananda Sahu earlier today near Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. Our prayers with his family during this difficult moment,” the national broadcaster said on its official Twitter handle.
Responding to the tragic news of the attack, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rathore tweeted: “Strongly condemn the Naxal attack on @DDNewsLive crew in Dantewada. Deeply saddened by the demise of our cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two jawans of @crpfindia (sic).”
“These insurgents will not weaken our resolve. We will prevail,” he said.
Rathore, speaking with reporters also promised all assistance to the family of the cameraman
“We will take care of his (cameraman’s) family. We salute all those mediapersons who go for coverage in such dangerous situations, remember their bravery,” the minister told reporters.
Chairman Prasar Bharati A Surya Prakash expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.
“Shocked to hear of the attack on DD News and the death of cameraman and security officials. Heartfelt condolences to the families and our prayers,” he said on Twitter.
CEO Prasar Bharati said he was shocked and saddened by the death of “brave cameraman Achyutananda Sahu in the line of duty in Chhattisgarh for the cause of democracy”.
“We stand in solidarity with the brave @DDNewsLive team deployed to cover the upcoming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh,” he said.
Director general Doordarshan Supriya Sahu also expressed sadness at the death of the CRPF jawans and the DD cameraman. “Our hearts go out to the families of our brave cameraperson Shri Achyutananda Sahu and CRPF Jawans who laid down their lives in the line of duty. Salute and respect from Doordarshan family,” she tweeted.
Two policemen were also injured in the incident, which took place at Nilawaya village under the Aranpur police station.