2 cops, jour­nal­ist killed in Maoist at­tack

Of­fi­cial says an in­quiry has been or­dered to find out the rea­son be­ing the in­ci­dent and ac­cuses Maoists at­tempt­ing to cre­ate hur­dles in the up­com­ing elec­tions in the state on Nov.12

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killed Do­or­dar­shan cam­era­man Achyu­tanan­dasahuandt­wopo­lice­men in Ch­hat­tis­garh’s Dan­te­wada district, which is set to go for polling in the irst phase of Assem­bly elec­tions in the state on Nov.12.

Two other po­lice per­son­nel and a jour­nal­ist also sus­tained in­juries in the am­bush, the sec­ond in the last four days, that took place around 11.20 a.m. when a Do­or­dar­shan crew was mov­ing with a se­cu­rity pa­trol for cov­er­age in Aran­pur area, Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice P. Sun­dar­raj told the me­dia here.

“Two po­lice per­son­nel died on the spot while the cam­era­man, who suf­fered griev­ous in­juries, later suc­cumbed to his in­juries,” said the ofi­cer.

He added that the po­lice per­son­nel and the me­dia crew were mov­ing from Aran­pur po­lice sta­tion to Ni­l­away vil­lage in ve­hi­cles when they were at­tacked.

Sahu, 34, hailed from Loisinga in Odisha’s Bolan­gir district. The slain po­lice per­son­nel were iden­ti­ied as Con­sta­ble Man­gal Ram and As­sis­tant Sub-in­spec­tor Ru­dra Pratap Singh. The in­jured po­lice per­son­nel are Vishnu Ne­tam and Rakesh Kaushal.

The oficial said an in­quiry has been or­dered to ind out the rea­son be­ing the in­ci­dent. He ac­cused the Maoists at­tempt­ing to cre­ate hur­dles in the up­com­ing elec­tions in the state.

The Maoists have asked peo­ple to boy­cott the polls. Dan­te­wada is among the areas go­ing to polls in the irst phase cov­er­ing 18 con­stituen­cies.

“Now our pri­mary focus is to pro­vide med­i­cal as­sis­tance to the in­jured,” the ofi­cer added.

Mean­while, DD News in a tweet said: “DD News had de­puted a team to cover the Ch­hat­tis­garh polls, com­pris­ing cam­er­ap­er­son Achyuta Nanda Sahu, Dheeraj Kumar and MM Sharma. In a Naxal at­tack, Sahu was mar­tyred. The en­tire DD News fam­ily salutes his ser­vice and stands by his fam­ily in this hour of grief.”

Con­demn­ing the at­tack, In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Min­is­ter Ra­jyavard­han Singh Rathore tweeted: “Strongly con­demn the Naxal at­tack on DD News Live crew. Deeply sad­dened by the demise of our cam­era­man and two jawans. Th­ese in­sur­gents will not weaken our re­solve. We will pre­vail.”

On Satur­day, the Maoists had ired on a con­tin­gent of Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force (CRPF) in Bi­japur district, killing four troop­ers on a day when Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh kicked off the rul­ing BJP’S election cam­paign for Assem­bly elec­tions.

A Po­lice said the shoot­ers were Maoists, also known as Nax­als, who have been wag­ing an in­sur­gency against Indian rule in a forested belt of the coun­try dubbed the “red cor­ri­dor” for decades.

“A sub-in­spec­tor, a con­sta­ble and a cam­era­man have been killed,” Ratan Lal Dangi, a se­nior state po­lice ofi­cer, said. Two oth­ers were in­jured in the at­tack. Na­tional broad­caster Do­or­dar­shan conirmed one its cam­era­men had been killed. The state head of op­er­a­tions against the Maoists, P. Sun­der, said ad­di­tional forces had been rushed to the scene.

“It is a de­vel­op­ing sit­u­a­tion and more forces are go­ing to the spot. We will get more in­for­ma­tion about it once the team comes back,” the se­nior po­lice ofi­cer told re­porters.

Last week, Maoists were blamed for blow­ing up a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle in Bi­japur district of Ch­hat­tis­garh that killed four sol­diers.

Ch­hat­tis­garh goes to the polls in two phases, irst on Nov.12 and then Nov.20.

The state has been gov­erned by the Hindu na­tion­al­ist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for 15 years. The Maoists have urged vot­ers to oust the BJP.

The shad­owy rebels are be­lieved to be present in at least 20 states across In­dia but are most ac­tive in re­mote parts of Ch­hat­tis­garh, Odisha, Bi­har, Jhark­hand and Ma­ha­rash­tra.

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A po­lice­man in­jured in an am­bush is taken on a stretcher out of an ambulance in Dan­te­wada district on Tues­day. Raipur:amaois­tam­bushontues­day

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