Raipur: At least 14 people, including polling officials and security personnel, were killed yesterday when their vehicles were blown up in two separate Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh, officials said.
The Maoists struck just two days after polling got over in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.
A bus in which 12 polling officials were returning in Bijapur district, about 450km from here, was blown to bits by a Maoist landmine. Six polling officials were killed on the spot and six others injured, of whom one died of his injuries later.
The attack took place around noon near Ketulnar village.
The second attack also took place around noon in Bastar district, targeting five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers — part of the 80th Bn’s road opening party — travelling in an ambulance.
The ambulance was blown up in a landmine blast in Darbha valley, which is about 350km from here. The five troopers, the ambulance’s driver and technician were killed.
On Thursday The polling at Bastar saw Maoists open fire at seven places. Also, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in an interior, forested area.
In Sukma district, two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers suffered gunshot wounds when Maoists attacked a polling party that was returning after the end of balloting.
Officials failed to reach seven places in Sukma district and two places in Bijapur.
Balloting takes place in three constituencies of Chhattisgarh April 17 while seven seats will see voting April 24.