Raipur: Carrying out a major attack, Naxals on Saturday targeted a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Jagdalpur district killing the party's senior leader Mahendra Karma and injuring former union minister V C Shukla.
      
The Maoists also kidnapped PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel and his son after attacking the Congress leaders at Darba Gati Valley in Jagdalpur district, police said. A former Congress MLA Udya Mudaliyar was also shot dead by the Maoists who attacked the convoy at around 5:30 pm when they were returning from a "Parivartan" rally.
      
Karma, a former Home Minister of the state who was a guiding force behind "Salwa Judum" (anti-Naxal operation by vigilante groups), was killed when a large number of Maoists opened fire on the rally. The burst of gunfire was preceded by a blast.
     
Shukla was reported to be at Darba Ghati police station and the nature of his injuries could not be ascertained immediately. The Maoist attack took place in a dense forest near National Highway 202 connecting Chhattisgarh with Bhadrachalam district of adjacent Andhra Pradesh.
      
Opposition Congress' Parivartan Yatra, comprising senior party leaders, had launched Parivartan Yatra on April 12 in the state where Assembly elections are due by year end. Chhattisgarh Congress media cell president Shailesh Trivedi said it was matter of investigation whether Naxals were involved in the attack.
    
He alleged the state's BJP government did not provide adequate security to Congress' Yatra despite opposition from Naxals. "Naxals have opposed both BJP's Vikas Yatra and Congress' Parivartan Yatra. However, the state government provided security only to BJP's Yatra and not to the one organized by Congress. Had it been provided security, on Saturday's incident would not have happened," he said.
      
Police sources said another former Congress MLA Phulo Devi Netam from Bastar, a prominent tribal leader, was also wounded in the firing by Maoists, police sources said.

 

Major Naxal attacks in the past
July 2010 A group of Maoists stormed into the house of Congress leader Avdesh Gautam in Dantewada district and brutally killed his 15-year-old brother-in-law and an associate
April 6, 2010 In a major and most brutal Maoist attack, about 75 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a state police personnel were killed in Mukrana forests of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district
April 13, 2009 Ten paramilitary troopers killed in eastern Odisha when Maoists attacked a bauxite mine in Koraput district
September 26, 2009 Rebels killed sons of Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Balaghat Baliram Kashyap at Pairaguda village in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh
October 8, 2009 Seventeen policemen were killed in an ambush by Maoists at the Laheri police station in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra
July 1, 2008 Maoist rebels carried out attacks on a police station, killing nine people, including policemen, at an outpost in Sasaram in Bihar's Rohtas district and flee with arms and ammunition
March 5, 2007 Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Lok Sabha member Sunil Kumar Mahato shot dead by Maoists. Two of his bodyguards and a party colleague also killed in the attack while watching a football match at a village in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand
September 7, 2007 Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Janardhan Reddy and his wife N. Rajyalakshmi escape unhurt while three Congress workers are killed in a Maoist attack in the state's Nellore district
February 9, 2006 Eight Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel killed when rebels raid a warehouse of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) and take away explosives from a village near Bailadila in Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh
November 13, 2005 Hundreds of activists of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) attack the police line in south Bihar's Jehanabad district

 

 

(Agencies)

Latest News from State News Desk