A Doordarshan cameraman and two police personnels were killed by Naxalites in Dantewada’s Aranpur area in Chattisgarh, ahead of the assembly elections, according to reports.
Doordarshan had instructed (cameraman) Achyuta Nanda Sahu, Dheeraj Kumar and MM Sharma to cover Chattisgarh polls. The incident occurred after the crew left post interviewing SP Abhishek Pallav and were moving towards Nilbhaya on Aranpur-Dantewada road. Besides Sub-Inspector Rudra Pratap & Assistant Constable Mangalu being killed, two other policemen were injured in the attack.
#DDNews had deputed team to cover #Chhattisgarhpolls, comprising of Camera person-Achyuta Nanda Sahu, Dheeraj Kumar and MM Sharma. In a #Naxal attack #AchyutaNandaSahu was martyred. The entire #DDNnews Family salutes his service and stands by his family in this hour of grief pic.twitter.com/xIh74b055g
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) October 30, 2018
It’s not certain if the attacks were linked to the upcoming polls. Investigations to conclude further are ongoing and the bodies have been sent to Dantewada District Hospital for post-mortem.
For the unacquainted, Naxalites are a part of the Communist Party of India; its origin dates back to 1967, the purpose of initiation being redistribution of land to the landless and elimination of social classes. In around 1971, the Naxalites gained a strong presence. The same year, under the President’s rule, Indian Army was mobilized against Naxalites and executed “Operation Steeplechase” killing hundreds and imprisoning more than 20,000 suspects.
The Naxalite-Government conflicts have not ended since. On April 6, 2010, Naxalites launched their most deadly attack in Dantewada, Chattisgarh leading to 76 security personnel losing their lives.
Several similar incidents have occurred in recent decades, the killing of Doordarshan camera person and policemen being the most recent one.
Twitter users have shared condolences, support for the families of the deceased and their opinions.
I condemn the killing of DD cameraman n policemen in #Chhattisgarh by #Naxals. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. State's BJP govt has failed to check Naxal attacks. Security situation in State is deteriorating. https://t.co/pT71O5O5hh
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) October 30, 2018
— prafulla ketkar (@prafullaketkar) October 30, 2018
Dantewada hospital where injured policemen have been taken after they were attacked by Naxals. @ANI spot reporting. So far a Doordarshan cameraman and two police personnel lost their lives in the attack. pic.twitter.com/Axg8hdNlv4
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) October 30, 2018
My deepest condolences to the families of the @crpfindia soldiers martyred in this attack. May Lord Shiva give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss. CRPF fights bravely but it fights on 3 fronts – Naxals, Human Rights Groups & Courts. 🙏 https://t.co/E5sw83MrVg
— Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) October 27, 2018
Aggrieved & deeply hurt at the news of attack on #Doordarshan cameraman Achyutananda Sahu & CRPF Jawans who lost their lives in the line of duty. @PandaJay prays for their families
His views on #Naxals – https://t.co/iWuAJmH4G0@DDNationalhttps://t.co/GJPBBpT4kD via @thewire_in
— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) October 30, 2018
The issue may or may not be linked to the upcoming assembly elections, but the feud definitely dates back to the Naxalites being suppressed by socioeconomic order, leading them to use depraved methods to achieve their motive.
The innocent citizens seem to be the losers, in the fight that Government and Naxalites have picked.
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