Two policemen and a cameraperson of national broadcaster Doordarshan were killed in a Maoist attack today in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh which votes next month. Two policemen have been injured.
The Doordarshan team was in the Maoist-affected region for election coverage. The attack took place in the forests in Aranpur village in Dantewada. "Our party had gone to the area for patrolling. The Doordarshan crew was with them," P Sunder Raj, DIG, Naxal Operation, said.
"Those killed were identified as Sub Inspector Rudra Pratap, Assistant Constable Mangalu and DD News cameraman Achyutanand from Delhi," Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.
Addressing a press conference, the officer said security forces are keeping a close watch in the neighbouring areas after the Dantewada attack. He said extra forces will be deployed in Dantewada and Bijapur.
Security has been heightened in Dantewada with 111 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers sent to the area for evacuation and reinforcement.
Three days ago, four soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force died after Maoists blew up their anti-landmine vehicle in poll-bound Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. Two other CRPF jawans were injured in the improvised explosive device or IED blast.
The 90 seats of the Chhattisgarh Assembly will vote in two phases - November 12 and November 20. The Maoist-affect...