Dantewada Voters Turn Out in Huge Numbers After the Maoist Attack

BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, 3 PSOs and driver were on 9 April killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada.

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A BJP convoy was attacked by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada on Tuesday, 9 April.

The residents of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh came out in huge numbers to vote in the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, 11 April, just two days after a convoy of BJP leaders was blown up by Maoists in the region.

Hours after BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, three security personnel and a driver were killed in a Maoist attack in the region on Tuesday, 9 April, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said the government will respond to the Maoists “in a language they best understand.”

Despite the attack, the Election Commission had announced that polling in the state will be held as per schedule.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi told the media that Mandavi was warned by police against taking that particular route from Bacheli to Kuwakonda.

Moments after the incident, PM Narendra Modi on Twitter condemned the attack and said that “sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain.”

  • Maoists blew up the vehicle, carrying Mandavi, three security personnel and a driver, with an IED and opened fire at the occupants
  • Visuals from the blast site showed the mangled remains of the vehicle and a gaping hole on the road on which it passed before Naxals blew it up

Read the live updates of the Dantewada Maoist attack on BJP convoy here.

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12:21 PM, 09 Apr

Maoists Attack Convoy in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada: BJP MLA Missing

Five security personnel reported dead after Maoists attacked a convoy in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada on Tuesday, 9 April. BJP’s Dantewada MLA Bhima Mandavi was also in the convoy. Further details are awaited.

12:47 PM, 09 Apr

Convoy of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi Came Under IED Attack: CRPF

Between Kuakonta and Syamgiri in Dantewada, the convoy of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi came under an IED attack today, said CRPF. They added reinforcements have been rushed to the spot.

12:52 PM, 09 Apr

BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi Among 5 Killed in Dantewada Maoist Attack

P Sundar Raj, DIG-Anti-Naxal Ops, confirmed that BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi was among the five killed in the Maoist attack in Dantewada.

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1:25 PM, 09 Apr

It Was a Powerful IED Blast, Bodies to be Evacuated at the Earliest: DIG-Anti-Naxal Ops

P Sundar Raj, DIG-Anti-Naxal Ops said, “We have information of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, his driver and 3 PSOs getting killed in IED blast in Dantewada, today evening. It was a powerful IED blast. Bodies to be evacuated at the earliest for identification.”

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