Published On: Thu, Apr 11th, 2019

Despite recent Naxals attack on BJP convoy voters turned in large numbers in Dantewada

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Despite the killing of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bhima Mandavi two days ago by Naxals, voters turned out in large numbers in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, April 11.

The elections are being held in seven phases ending May 19 and counting will be held on May 23. In the first phase 91 Lok Sabha constituencies were covered across twenty states. In all the phases a total of 543 Parliamentary constituencies will be covered.

Bheema Mandavi was deputy leader of the Opposition in Chhattisgarh assembly. In 2018 he defeated “Bastar Tiger” Mahendra Karma’s wife and current legislator Devi Karma.

Three police officers and a driver too were killed in the deadly attack.

The three police officers killed are District Force jawans Chhagan Kuldeep, Somdu Kawasi and Ramlal Oyami, and the driver is identified as Danteshwar Maurya.

Naxals, BJP, Dantewada

The leaders were traveling for the Lok Sabha elections and at the time of attack the convoy was between Kuakonta and Shyamgiri in Dantewada. The state police escorting Mandavi’s vehicle too came under the powerful attack.

CRPF said, “Between Kuakonta and Syamgiri in Dantewada, the convoy of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi came under an IED attack today. The escort vehicle of State Police came under the blast. 5 personnel of Chhattisgarh State Police are critically injured. Reinforcement of CRPF has been rushed.”

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