Maoist violence continues in poll-bound Chhattisgarh as two policemen and a Doordarshan camera journalist were killed in the second major naxal attack of the week. The Doordarshan team which was accompanying the forces on routine anti-naxal surge, got caught in a crossfire.
Three other personnel who were providing security cover to the DD team, also sustained heavy injuries during the firing and were later admitted to Dantewada Hospital. As per the last reports, their condition is stable now.
Abhishek Pallav, the Dantewada Superintendent Of Police, said the deceased cameraman Achuyatanand Sahoo, belonging from Odisha, was a part of a three-member DD team. The two jawans killed were identified as assistant sub-inspector Rudra Pratap Singh and a constable Mangal Ram.
DIG P Sunderraj said that other forces were removed and the area has been cordoned off, as reported by New Indian Express.
It will be a challenge for the Election Commission to peacefully conduct elections in Chhattisgarh, with naxals calling for boycott of the elections and violent rebellion. The first phase having 190 candidates and covering 18 constituencies in the conflict zone will be held on 12 November.