BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel were killed in the attack as Naxals exploded an improvised explosive device while the convoy was passing by. The incident took place at Shyamagiri hills when Mandavi's convoy was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli area, PTI reported. The escort vehicle of State Police came under the blast. Bastar is considered the Bharatiya Janata Party's bastion as the party has been winning the seat since 1999 with massive margins.
This is another big and highly condemnable attack on parliamentary democracy after the Jeerum attack. "The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain".
Meanwhile, state CM Bhupesh Baghel cancelled his work-related programs for the day and reached his residence for a top-level security meeting.
Only last week, naxals killed four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and two others in an encounter in Kanker district.
Taking cognizance of the attack, the Election Commission has directed an increase of security forces in the area, asserting that polling will happen as scheduled. Condolences to his family and supporters.
BJP national Vice President and former Chief Minister Raman Singh expressed shock over death of his party MLA and alleged that the Maoists were freely roaming in Bastar under the new Congress government.
"My government is consistently working to win people's confidence and Naxals felt upset about that and this brutal attack is basically the result of their frustration". "I have directed authorities that Naxal bullets be answered back in their own language", he said.
"According to our preliminary investigation, five people have died", said P. Sundar Raj, the state's police deputy inspector general for anti-Maoist operations. Dantewada votes in the second phase - on April 18.