One video journalist working for the state-run Doordarshan and two cops were killed in Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada’s Aranpur area on Tuesday. The Doordarshan team was in the area to cover the assembly elections in the state.
News agency ANI quoted DIG P Sundarraj as saying, “Today our patrolling party was ambushed by Naxalites in Aranpur. Two of our personnel were martyred, and a DD cameraman was also injured and later succumbed. Two more personnel injured.”
The Doordarshan journalist has been identified as Achundanand Sahu, while the two policemen are Sub inspector Rudra Pratap and assistant sub inspector Manglu.
Sahu was based in Delhi and had joined DD News in 2013 as a cameraman, reported Indian Express.
Chhattisgarh, which is going for assembly polls in two stages on 12 and 20 November, has been one of the worst affected regions of India that faced Maoist insurgency. The latest attack by Maoists came just a day after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed in Chhattisgarh that the number of Maoist-affected districts has reduced from 150 to 78-80 over the years.
He had said, “Our government has played a pivotal role in decreasing the Naxal problem on the national level. Previously 150 districts of the country were Naxal affected but now the numbers of such districts have come down to 75-80.”
The state is government by the BJP, which is seeking re-election in the next month’s assembly polls.
Only last week, at least four CRPF soldiers were killed and two injured after Maoists blew up their anti-landmine vehicle in Bijapur district.