BJP lawmaker among six killed in attack blamed on Maoists before polls in India

A lawmaker of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and five others have been killed in an attack on his election campaign convoy by suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Indian media have reported.

Published : 9 April 2019, 01:42 PM
Updated : 9 April 2019, 01:42 PM

Bhima Mandavi’s convoy was ambushed in the Dantewada region of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday evening two days before the start of the national elections at the Maoist-hit Bastar region in the first phase.

Photographs from the spot indicate the Maoists set off a blast through an Improvised Explosive Device that was buried on the road, NDTV said.

The blast had ripped apart the vehicle in which the lawmaker was travelling, the mangled pieces can be seen lying some distance from a crater on the road, according to the report.

Five the others killed were security personnel accompanying the lawmaker, according to the Hindustan Times.

The other dead was Mandavi’s personal security guard, it added, quoting a police officer.