RAIPUR: Four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when suspected Naxals detonated a bus with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on Thursday.
The IED explosion took place in a hilly area in Bacheli, about 450 km from here.
“The CISF personnel were on the way back to their camp in Akashnagar after purchasing groceries from the market. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot and the injured personnel and bodies of the deceased shifted to a local hospital”, said Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava.
“The Naxals triggered a powerful IED blast near curve no.6 on the hills, killing a CISF jawan, the bus' driver, conductor, cleaner and another person, who is yet to be identified. Security forces have launched a combing operation in this area to trace the ultras”, he added.
According to the report, the private bus, which was targeted, was allotted to the CISF team deployed in the Bailadila mining area in Dantewada for election duty.
This is the third Naxal attack in 15 days in the poll-bound state and two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel were injured in the explosion.
Earlier, three police personnel and a cameraman of national broadcaster Doordarshan were killed in a Maoist attack in Dantewada's Aranpur area on October 30.
A three-member team of Doordarshan from Delhi came to Bastar region in Chhattisgarh to report the election coverage. The attack took place in the forests in Aranpur village in Dantewada.
The Maoists people had aimed at the police personnel but the cameraman along with two police officers got killed. The departed were ASI Rudra Pratap, constable Manglu and cameraman of Doordarshan Acchutanand Sahu.
Before that, on October 27, four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and two others injured after Maoists blew up their bulletproof bunker vehicle in Bijapur district.
Security has been heightened in Dantewada. The 90 seats of the Chhattisgarh Assembly will vote in two phases - November 12 and November 20. Naxalites have asked voters to boycott the upcoming state Assembly polls.
The first phase is to be held in 18 Naxal affected constituencies of Bastar region, that falls in the southern part of the central Indian state. The remaining 72 constituencies will go to the polls on November 20 and the votes will be counted on December 11.