Maoists attack BJP convoy in Dantewada, MLA Bhima Mandavi among 6 killed

Maoists Attack BJP Convoy in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada MLA Bhima Mandavi Among Six Killed

Paying condolences to the family of Mandavi, Modi said he "was a dedicated Karyakarta of the BJP".

The incident while raising a big question on the lack of timely intelligence inputs for the forces and lack of adequate security ensured for the MLA has also sent apprehension among the polling staff who was air-lifted to the hypersensitive polling station for the conduct of the first phase of election in Bastar on April 11.

Five people were killed on Tuesday in a massive roadside bomb attack on a political convoy in India, police said, just two days before voting begins in the country's national election.

Attacks on Indian forces by jungle-based Maoist units are frequent and often deadly in Chhattisgarh, a poor and restive state. He became a legislator for the first time by defeating rival Manish Kunjam (CPI), and thereby relegating Congress veteran and former leader of Opposition Mahendra Karma to a third position in 2009, reported The Times of India.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also condemned the attack.

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Chhattisgarh police chief DM Awasthi had earlier confirmed the death of five jawans.

Police said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Bhima Mandavi, his driver and three of his state bodyguards were killed in a "massive" explosion in a remote part of the state roughly 340 kilometres (211 miles) from the capital Raipur.

This is the third attack by Naxals in the Batar region since the polls were announced on 10 March. Security has been heightened and the area has been cordoned off.

Ahead of the assembly elections in November previous year, a CISF personnel and three civilians were killed in Dantewada when an IED planted by Naxals tore through a bus. While Dantewada votes on April 18, Bastar - another Naxal-infested area - will vote on April 11.

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