DD Cameraman, two policemen killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack

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DD cameraman Achyutananda Sahu was killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh
DD cameraman Achyutananda Sahu was killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi : In an unfortunate incident, a cameraperson of Doordarshan and two policemen were killed in a Maoist attack today in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh. Other two policemen were severely injured.

As per official source, the three member Doordarshan team was in the Maoist-affected region for election coverage. The attack took place in the forests in Aranpur village in Dantewada. "Our party had gone to the area for patrolling. The Doordarshan crew was with them," P Sunder Raj, DIG, Naxal Operation, said.

"Those killed were identified as Sub Inspector Rudra Pratap, Assistant Constable Mangalu and DD News cameraman Achyutanand Sahu from Delhi," said Sundarraj P, a senior police office in charge of anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh. Mr Sahu, who was from Odisha, had serious injuries and died later. The two policemen died on the spot.

While DD cameraman Achyutananda Sahu was killed, two other staffs including a journalist from Delhi, are reported to be safe.

"DD News had deployed a camera team for election coverage in Chhattisgarh. The team included cameraman Achyutananda Sahu, reporter Dhiraj Kumar and light assistant Mormukt Sharma. The team came under attack by Maoists this forenoon near Dantewada," state broadcasting body Prasar Bharti tweeted.

In the press conference, the officer said security forces are tracking the neighbouring areas after the Dantewada attack. He said extra forces will be deployed in Dantewada and Bijapur. The officials confirmed that security has been heightened in Dantewada with 111 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers sent to the area for evacuation and reinforcement.

To inform, three days ago, four soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force died after Maoists blew up their anti-landmine vehicle in poll-bound Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. Two other CRPF jawans were injured in the improvised explosive device or IED blast.

Coming to election, the 90 seats of the Chhattisgarh Assembly will vote in two phases - November 12 and November 20. The Maoist-affected districts of southern Chhattisgarh will vote in the first phase of polling.