Maoists attack Chhattisgarh Congress leader’s security guard in Dantewada
Three Maoists, dressed as civilians, attacked Markam with a sharp- edged weapon, injuring him close to his faceindia Updated: Jan 27, 2018 17:59 IST
A constable deployed for the security of a Chhattisgarh Congress leader was injured in an attack by Maoists, on Saturday, who also looted his AK-47 rifle in Dantewada district, the police said.
The Congress leader, Avdhesh Gautam, was not present at the time of the attack which took place in the noon, they said.
The incident took place at the weekly market in Nakulnar village, around 20km from Dantewada town, deputy inspector general of police (South Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said.
The injured has been identified as constable Divyakant Markam, who belongs to the district force. He is part of the security detail of Gautam, a resident of Nakulnar, located around 340km from the state capital, he said.
According to the preliminary information, Markam, along with three other security guards, had gone to the market, held opposite their quarters, for procuring ration.
They were carrying their weapons. Suddenly, nearly three Maoists, dressed as civilians, attacked Markam with a sharp- edged weapon, injuring him close to his face, Sundarraj said.
Before the other jawans could retaliate, the ultras escaped with Markam’s service weapon, an AK-47 rifle, the DIG said.
The armed jawans did not fire at the Maoists to avoid any possible civilian casualty at the market, where a large number of villagers were present, the IPS officer said.
However, police have launched an operation in the area to trace the attackers, Sundarraj added.
The injured constable was admitted to a local hospital where his condition was said to be stable, he said.
In 2010, Maoists had attacked the house of Gautam, a Pradesh Congress Committee delegate, in Nakulnar, killing two persons, including his brother-in-law.