Senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh had a narrow escape on Wednesday when Maoists attacked their convoy,killing four party workers and leaving five wounded near Udanti river between Mainpur and Deobhog police stations.
Chhattisgarh Congress president Nandkumar Patel and three legislators were part of a convoy of 35 to 40 vehicles that was heading back to Raipur after attending a farmers rally when a group of 20-25 suspected Maoists attacked the vehicles towards the tail,about 180 km from Raipur.
An Intelligence officer said Patel and others did not appear to be the target and the Maoists probably mistook the vehicles carrying workers as those of the police.
The vehicles carrying Patel and others were 10-12 km ahead of the workers who were ambushed by the Maoists who blew up a vehicle before opening fire.
The blast killed three workers while one died of bullet injuries,Additional DG Ram Niwas told said on phone from Raipur.
The Congress party blamed the Raman Singh government for failing to provide them adequate security despite informing the authorities about the rally three days in advance.
Raman Singh,who returned to Raipur from New Delhi,said Patel was not the target but Leader of Opposition Ravindra Choube wanted to know the basis of the Chief Ministers assumption.
I think I was the target because the attack took place barely two-three minutes after my vehicle had passed the spot, Patel told The Indian Express. The security provided to us was next to nil.
Senior Congress leaders will attend the funeral of the slain workers to be held on Thursday.