CG-17, Jagdalpur

2 BSF Jawans, civilian killed in Chhattisgarh Naxal landmine blast

The mangled van of BSF lying on the spot after the blast.

Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and the van driver (civilian) died while the BSF doctor suffered severe injuries when the Naxalites took another vicious move on Tuesday morning by triggering a landmine blast on Manjhipara culvert, located on Kerlapal-Bade Sitti road, situated 18 km from Sukma district headquarters. The BSF personnel had just left Sukma after successful completing of their election duty. Unfortunately, targeting them, they fell prey to a 35-kgs bomb planted under the Manjhipara culvert that exploded when the van was crossing the culvert.

Triumph of Ballot over Bullet

Defying the boycott call given by the Maoists, the polling in all the 12 Assembly segments registered good turnout of voters since morning. A belief in the democratic process was reflecting large in the faces of voters when they came for ward fearlessly to cast their vote in the Bastar region amidst the presence of security forces and elaborate security arrangements. Enthusiasm was seen mostly among the women and youths, who queued up in their respective polling booths since morning. Also the senior citizens participated in the polling process in substantial numbers.