Days before assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Naxals on Thursday blew up a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) vehicle, killing five people including a jawan, police said. According to initial reports, the Naxals triggered an IED blast on a bus near Bacheli in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada.
The attack took place a few days after a Doordarshan cameraman was killed in a Naxal ambush in the same region.
Two CISF personnel were also injured in the incident, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.
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The explosion took place in a hilly area in Bacheli in Dantewada when the personnel were returning to their camp after purchasing groceries from the market, Pallava said. The civilians killed in the blast included the bus driver, conductor and cleaner, he added.
The personnel belonged to a CISF unit that has been deployed in the area for the first phase of the forthcoming polls in the state. And the bus was acquired by CISF for election duty.
Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Chhattisgarh next week in two phases on November 12 and November 20. The first phase is to be held in the Naxal affected constituencies of Bastar region that falls in the southern part of the central Indian state.