Two policemen and a cameraperson of national broadcaster Doordarshan were killed in a Maoist attack today in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
Two policemen and a three-member Doordarshan team were 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 cr 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.
Chhattisgarh. Mr Sahu, who was from Odisha, had serious injuries and died later.
The two policemen died on the spot.Two other Doordarshan crew members, including a journalist from Delhi were 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 as sistant Mormukt Sharma. The team came under attack by Maoists this forenoon near Dantewada” state broadcasting body Prasar Bharti tweeted Addressing a press conference. The officer said that security forces were keeping a close watch in the neighbouring areas after the Dantewada attack. He also said that some extra forces would also be deployed in Dantewada and Bijapur.