Raipur, November 8: Maoists triggered an IED blast on a vehicle carrying Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel in Dantewada district of poll-bound Chhattisgarh. The explosion took place near Bacheli, four days before the first phase of assembly polls in the state.
A CISF trooper and three civilians were killed in the blast, news agency ANI reported. Two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and another civilian suffered injuries in the attack that took place when a CISF team and some civilians were proceeding for elections duty.
Seven people, including four civilians and three CISF personnel, were travelling in a bus when they were attacked. The injured CISF troopers have been shifted to hospital. It was the third Maoist attack in 13 days in Chhattisgarh. Last month, a Maoist ambush killed a Doordarshan cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two police officers in Dantewada.
A Doordarshan crew was moving from Aranpur police station to Nilaway village in vehicles with a security patrol when they were attacked. Two police personnel had died on the spot while the cameraman, who suffered grievous injuries, later succumbed to his injuries.
Chhattisgarh goes to polls in the first phase on November 12. While 18 seats will be contested in phase-I, the remaining 72 constituencies will witness a contest on November 20. The results will be declared on December 11.