IED blast in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli on poll eve

IED blast in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli on poll eve

The wreckage of a vehicle at the IED blast site after a BJP convoy was attacked by the Maoists in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. BJP legislator Bheema Mandavi, who was also in the convoy, reportedly killed in the attack. PTI file photo

A security personnel from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was injured in a suspected case of Naxal attack on the eve of Lok Sabha polls in Gadchiroli district on Wednesday. 

An IED blast took place in the Gatta-Ettapalli stretch in the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli district, injuring the official. The injured official is a sub-inspector. He was a part of the 191 battalion of CRPF and was deployed on polling security duties, reports said. 

The incident took place around 4 pm. Helicopters were deployed to evacuate the injured. "The injured personnel sustained grievous injuries on his limbs and his condition was described critical," officials said. 

The attack comes a day after the Naxal attack in Dantewada in Bastar region of Chhatisgarh in which a BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and four security personnel including  were killed. 

Around a week ago in Gadchiroli's Korachi area, Naxals had put up poll boycott posters. However, villagers from Kochinara, Butekasa and Satputi areas protested and burnt those posters.