STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

7 Poll Officials Among 14 Dead in Naxal Blasts

Election team members were returning with EVMs when a landmine blew up their bus in Bastar; CRPF jawans killed in another explosion

Published: 13th April 2014 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2014 08:58 AM   |  A+A-

Fourteen persons, including seven of an election team and five CRPF jawans, were on Saturday killed in two separate incidents after Maoists triggered landmines targeting poll officials returning with EVMs in the Bastar division of Chhattisgarh.

According to the police, in the first incident, a bus with election officials, headed for the Bijapur district headquarters from Kutru polling centre, was ambushed by the Naxals who triggered a landmine explosion near Ketulnar. The blast was so intense that the bus was ripped apart killing six of its occupants and injuring 20. Another official succumbed to injuries in hospital.

In the second incident that took place an hour after the blast in Ketulnar, the Naxals triggered a landmine near Kamanar village in Jagdalpur district, targeting security personnel who were travelling in an ambulance. Seven people, including five personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force’s 80th Battalion, a technician and the driver of the ambulance, were killed in the blast.

Police sources said some of the CRPF jawans, who were injured, died after the Naxals opened fire on them. The deceased CRPF personnel were identified as inspector M K Rai, assistant SI Kanti Bhai, head constables Sitaram and M Umlesh and constable Dinesh.

Terming the incident a result of “blatant violation” of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), senior officials said the “shortcut” decision to board the ambulance by the leader

of the CRPF team led to the carnage.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp