DD cameraman, 2 cops killed in Chhattisgarh


Two police personnel and a Doordarshan (DD) cameraman were killed in a Naxal attack in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday. Two police personnel were also injured in the incident, which took place in Nilawaya village under the Aranpur police station.

“Those killed were identified as Sub Inspector Rudra Pratap, Assistant Constable Mangalu and DD News cameraman Achyutanand Sahu from Delhi,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P informed media. Two other security personnel were injured in the incident, he said, adding that reinforcements were rushed to the spot.

According to reports, the Doordarshan team was in Nilawaya village in Aranpur, where voting will be held for the first time in history.

Meanwhile, condoling the death of Achyutanand, the director general of Doordarshan said, “Our hearts go out to the families of our brave cameraperson Shri Achyutananda Sahu and CRPF Jawans who laid down their lives in the line of duty.”

The minister information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore too condoled Sahu’s death. “Deeply saddened by the demise of our cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two jawans… These insurgents will NOT weaken our resolve. We WILL prevail,” Rathore said in a tweet.

It should be noted that Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases on November 12 and 20.