BSF Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahinder Singh killed on Sunday in Chhattisgarh's Kanker
district when Maoists exploded hidden explosives when the troopers
were on foot patrol,
The attack came a day ahead of the
first phase of Assembly polls in the state and
occurred in an area which will
see polling for the state Assembly on Monday. It was the
fourth Maoist attack
in 16 days in Chhattisgarh.
The slain trooper, a resident of Rajasthan, was
part of a Border Security Force (BSF)
team which ran into the concealed
Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) near the Koyali
"Over six IEDs exploded in one go when the BSF men reached the area.
Singh suffered critical injuries. He was flown to hospital in Raipur
declared him dead," Kanket Superintendent of Police K.L. Dhruva
told reporters here.
The official said the BSF team left its base camp at
Udanpur on Saturday morning in
search of Maoists who have asked people to
boycott Monday's election.
In another incident early on Sunday, a Maoist was
killed in a gun battle with security
forces in Bijapur district's Bedre
forest area, said police. The dead Maoist was in combat
"A team of
Special Task Force (STF) was on an anti-Maoist operation when the
took place. A rifle was recovered from the spot," a police officer
On December 8, a Central Industrial Security Force Head Constable and
were killed when the Maoists blew up a mini bus in which they
were returning to their
camp after buying vegetables and groceries in
A Doordarshan cameraman and three Chhattisgarh police
personnel were killed in a
Maoist ambush, also in Dantewada, on October 30.
On October 27, the Maoists fired on
a contingent of Central Reserve Police
Force in Bijapur, killing four troopers.
Police said the Maoist attacks were
part of an attempt to disrupt elections to the 90member
Assembly. Voting will take place on November 12 and 20 and the
be declared on December 11.
Over 500 additional companies of security forces,
including paramilitary, have been
deployed in Chhattisgarh to boost security