BJP MLA, 4 others killed in Maoist blast in Chhattisgarh

BJP MLA, 4 others killed in Maoist blast in Chhattisgarh

BJP MLA, 4 others killed in Maoist blast in Chhattisgarh

BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and four others lost their lives on Tuesday in a dastardly attack carried out by Naxals in Dantewada.

Speaking to the SP of Dantewada - Abhishek Pallav, news agency ANI reported that Mandavi had reportedly been told not to visit the area where the attack eventually took place.

The BJP legislator Bheema Mandavi was returning after holding a public rally at Kirandul in Dantewada when the Naxalites targeted his convoy on the Kuakonda-Bacheli route and his bulletproof vehicle was tossed up in the air following the IED blast.

Dantewada is part of Bastar Lok Sabha seat that goes to the polls in the first phase on Thursday, April 11. "Reinforcement of CRPF has been rushed".

The brutal killing of India's ruling party's MLA created outrage in Chhattisgarh as Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel cancelled his poll campaign and chaired a high-level meeting in Raipur to assess the law and order situation. "There is no security failure and there is no conspiracy either", he said.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission said that polling in the state will be held as per schedule.

Police said that the attack - the second one in April after a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was killed on April 5 and another injured in a gun battle with the Maoists in the state's Dhamtari district - was "meticulously-planned".

In the Chhattisgarh Assembly election past year, Mandavi had won the reserved constituency of Dantewada by defeating Congress' Devti Karma.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack, calling Mandavi courageous and diligent, and adding that his demise was "deeply anguishing". "I'll go to Dantewada and meet families of deceased", he said. The attack took place with less than 36 hours remaining for the first phase of voting and former state CM Raman Singh pointed the finger at the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh will go for polls in three phases - April 11, 18 and 23.

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