Chhattisgarh

Naxals set ablaze three Haiwa trucks and a poclain machine, being used for construction work, near Kirandul police station limits in Dantewada on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh.

Soon after the incident, police rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations.

One of the two killed has been identified as Verghese who had Rs 5 lakh bounty on his head, said the police adding that the other person is yet to be identified.

Voters queued up to exercise their franchise in Naxal-affected regions of Dantewada and Sukma amid heavy security. Chhattisgarh will witness polls in the first three phases.

The Election Commission (EC) has said that the Lok Sabha polls will be held as per schedule in Dantewada area of Chhattisgarh where the naxal attack took place on Tuesday evening.

BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four policemen were killed in the naxal ambush. The Naxalites blew up the vehicle with an IED and then opened fire at the occupants.

The deceased, identified as 44-year-old Harish Chandra Pal, sustained injuries in the exchange of fire with the Naxals and later succumbed to injuries during the evacuation process in the early hours of Friday.

According to the EC notification, nominations for the second phase would be accepted till March 26, while March 29 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

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