A journalist working with India's state-owned television channel 'Doordarshan' was attacked by a group of Naxal rebels while he was on the field in Dantewada covering the local election campaign. The journalist along with two security men accompanying him have succumbed to injuries while two other security personnel sustained non-lethal injuries.
The attack took place in the forest area adjoining Aranpur village of Dantewada district.
"Today our patrol party was ambushed by Naxals in Aranpur. Two of our personnel were martyred and a DD cameraman was also injured and later succumbed. Two more personnel were injured," Chhattisgarh Director General of Police P Sundarraj informed the media.
Today our patrolling party was ambushed by Naxals in Aranpur. Two of our personnel were martyred, and a DD cameraman was also injured and later succumbed. Two more personnel injured: DIG P Sundarraj #Chhattisgarh pic.twitter.com/ZgZMF6xdRJ— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2018
"Stand in solidarity with the family of the cameraman…we will take care of his family. We salute all those media persons who go for coverage in such dangerous situations, remember their bravery," Rajyavardhan Rathore said.
Stand in solidarity with family of the camerman, we will take care of his family. We salute all those mediapersons who go for coverage in such dangerous situations, remember their bravery: I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore on DD camerman Achutyanand Sahu killed in Naxal attack pic.twitter.com/roOrExmAdC— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2018
Three days ago, four soldiers of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) died while Naxals blew up their vehicle in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh is going to the polls on November 12 and 20.
The left-wing extremists have called for a public boycott of the polls.