As there was fear in the region, the EC should take over all control of the security arrangements, it said. Bastar is considered the Bharatiya Janata Party's bastion as the party has been winning the seat since 1999 with massive margins. Bhima Mandavi is also among killed, P Sundar Raj, DIG Anti-Naxal Operations, confirmed.
Dantewada goes to polls in the first phase of general elections on April 11. "Bhima Mandavi was alerted about the threat and warned against going into the district". "There were 5 more security personnel in a vehicle following the BJP MLA's auto, we are locating them", he said.
This is another big and highly condemnable attack on parliamentary democracy after the Jeerum attack.
Before the Assembly elections in November 2018, a CISF personnel and three civilians were killed in Dantewada when an improvised explosive device planted by Naxalites tore through a bus. "The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain".
On 4 April, four BSF personnel were killed in Bastar's Kanker district after being ambushed by Maoists. "I'll go to Dantewada and meet families of deceased", he said. The prime minister said Mandavi was a dedicated "karyakarta" (worker) of the BJP. He had also been vocal in his criticism of the ruling Congress.
"Chief Electoral Officer of Chhattisgarh took an immediate video conference of collectors and other poll staff of the affected districts covering phase 1 and phase 2 in Chhattisgarh, and instructed them to take all precautions over the next few days till the polling is complete", an EC official said.