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Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: a timeline

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bastar
  • Updated: May 26, 2013 21:48 IST

Here is how the brutal Naxal attack on the actually took place:

** The Congress leadership in the state launched a “Parivartan Rally” to counter the Raman Singh-led BJP government’s Vikas Yatra from Sarguja (far north) on April 12 and it was supposed to conclude on May 27 at Pakhanjore in Bastar (far south of the state), ahead of the October state elections.

** The Congress leaders, including the PCC chief Nandkumar Patel; former union minister, Vidya Charan Shukla and former leader of the opposition in Chhattisgarh Mahendra Karma were at Sukma in Bastar for the rally on May 25. After holding a public meeting at around 3.10pm, the leaders left for Jagdalpur via Keshrul.

** The convoy (there were 36 vehicles) of the leaders were attacked by around 600-armed naxalites in Jiram Ghat area on Sukma-Jagdalpur road, some 40kms from Jagdalpur, around 3.55pm. The naxalites indiscriminately fired on the leaders and their vehicles. The firing continued for over an hour.

** As many as 24 people, including Patel, Karma and Uday Mudliar died on the spot while 32 persons, including Shukla were injured in the firing.

** Among the Congress leaders, one Avdesh Gautam succeeded to flee from the scene and reached the nearest police station, Darbha and narrated the entire story to the policemen.

** However, the police team and rescue party reached the spot at 7.45pm. The rescue team later admitted all the injured leaders and workers at the government run civil hospital at Jagdalpur. Of them, Shukla was shifted to Gudgaon by a special plane this morning.

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