According to police, BJP MLA from Dantewada Bheema Mandavi and four personnel of District Force (DF), deployed in security of the MLA, were killed in the powerful IED blast executed by ultras.
Speaking to the SP of Dantewada - Abhishek Pallav, news agency ANI reported that Mandavi had reportedly been told not to visit the area where the attack eventually took place.
The vehicle in which the MLA was travelling bore the maximum brunt of the blast, Deputy Inspector General (Anti-Naxal Operations) P Sundar Raj told reporters.
Mandavi was the lone Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bastar region which accounts for 12 Assembly seats.
While PM Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have both condemned the attack, a political blamegame is likely to erupt in the runup to Lok Sabha election. "The sacrifices of these martyrs will not go in vain".
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has called a high level meeting.
Security forces have been rushed to the area, they said.
The state unit of the BJP also reacted angrily to the killing and alleged that state's new Congress regime has a nexus with the Maoists. "Shri Bhima Mandavi was a dedicated Karyakarta of the BJP", he said.
BJP MLA, Bheema Mandavi and five others including police personnel were killed in a bomb blast set by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh.
Expressing his anguish over the deaths, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a tweet, extended "my deepest condolences to their bereaved families".
"My government is consistently working to win people's confidence and Naxals felt upset about that and this brutal attack is basically the result of their frustration". 5 personnel of Chhattisgarh State Police are critically injured. Dantewada votes in the second phase - on April 18.
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