Raipur/Bhubaneswar: An Odia cameraman belonging to Doordarshan was killed in a Naxal attack in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday, police said.
Two police personnel along with the video journalist identified as Achyutananda Sahu were also killed in the attack. Sahu is a native of Ghusuramunda village under Loisingha block in Odisha’s Bolangir district.
Sahu worked with the Indian army and had taken voluntary retirement later. Subsequently, he pursued cinematography at Biju Patnaik Film and TV Institute in Cuttack and joined Doordarshan in 2013. Sahu got married two years back.
Two other police personnel were injured in the incident, which took place in Nilawaya village under the Aranpur police station.
The extremists group was ambushed inside a forest between Aranpur and Nilabhaya area of Dantewada. The Doordarshan crew was with a joint search team of police and CRPF jawans.
“Those killed were identified as Sub Inspector Rudra Pratap, Assistant Constable Mangalu and DD News cameraman Achyutanand from Delhi,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told media persons.
Two other security personnel were injured in the incident, he said, adding that reinforcements were rushed to the spot.
Further details are awaited, he said.
Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases on November 12 and 20.
Meanwhile, Information & Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore condemned the attack. “Strongly condemn the Naxal attack on @DDNewsLive crew in Dantewada. Deeply saddened by the demise of our cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two jawans of @crpfindia. These insurgents will NOT weaken our resolve. We WILL prevail,” he tweeted.