New Delhi: A Doordarshan cameraman died after the national broadcaster’s crew was attacked by Naxals in election-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday, reported ANI. The attack that killed cameraman Achutyanand Sahu took place in Dantewada’s Aranpur. Two security personnel also lost their lives while two others were injured in the attack. The injured have been taken to the hospital.

I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “We stand in solidarity with the family of the cameraman, we will take care of his family. We salute all those mediapersons who go for coverage in such dangerous situations and remember their bravery.”

Naxals have increased attacks ever since poll dates have been announced because they have also called for a boycott of the Assembly polls scheduled for next month. Two days ago, four soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) died after Naxals blew up their anti-landmine vehicle in Bijapur district of the state. Two other CRPF jawans were injured in the improvised explosive device or IED blast.  On the same day, a BJP leader was critically injured after he was attacked by suspected Naxals with sharp-edged weapons in Dantewada district, police said.

The attack took place at around 8 PM when Nandal Mudiyami, a member of Dantewada Zila Panchayat, was at his house in Palnar village, Dantewada Additional Superintendent of Police Gorakhnath Baghel told PTI. “Mudiyami’s is being treated and his condition was said to be critical,” said Baghel. A search operation was launched in the area to trace the attackers, he added.

The first phase of polls will be held on November 12, covering 18 constituencies across eight Naxal-affected districts namely Bastar, Kanker Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon. The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls on November 20. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 11.