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Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh leave trail of dead: six poll staff, five CRPF men

Raipur, Apr 12 (PTI): Suspected Naxals struck at two separate places in Chhattisgarh on Saturday, killing six members of a polling party in Bijapur and five paramilitary troopers in Bastar district.

The blasts left 10 persons injured.

The Naxals attacked the polling party near Ketulnar village at about 11am when it was returning after voting in the region, according to RK Vij, the additional Director General of Police heading Naxal operations.

Polling was held in the Naxal-affected Bastar constituency on April 10.

When the election team reached near a pond in Ketulnar village between Gudma and Kutru, Naxals triggered a landmine, he said. “Six polling personnel were killed on the spot and as many people were injured,” the ADG said.

The rebels fled to the core forest after security personnel launched a retaliatory attack. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot and efforts are being made to retrieve the victims from the jungle, he said.

Less that an hour later and about 100km away, in an area under Darbha police station, Naxals blew up an ambulance carrying personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The incident took place in Kamanar village when around nine CRPF personnel were travelling in an ambulance, he said.

Five CRPF personnel were killed and four injured in the incident.

The personnel belonged to the 80th battalion of CRPF and were heading towards Jagdalpur district headquarters, a senior officer said.

A police official told PTI that around 75-100 armed rebels were involved in the ambush on the polling party. After triggering the landmine, the Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on the bus.

The slain CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector MK Rai, Assistant Sub-Inspector Kanti Bhai, Head Constables Sitaram and M Umlesh and Constable Dinesh.