2019 polls: Naxals detonate IED blast in Chhattisgarh

Rajnandgaon: In a shocking incident, an IED was detonated by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district even as polling was underway for the Lok Sabha elections.

According to media reports, there were no casualty in the incident. The incident happened at around 10.30 am between Medha and Dabba villages. These villages come under the Manpur-Mohla Assembly segment.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was triggered when a team of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police team was out on area domination operation in and around the area.

Luckily, the security personnel escaped from getting hurt although the explosion took place a few metres away from them.

Polling in the Manpur-Mohla Assembly segment of Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency is being held from 7 am to 3 pm.

In the remaining seven Assembly segments of Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat, the polling time is from 7 am to 5 pm.

A thick security blanket of around 60,000 personnel, and drones, has been thrown around the three constituencies – Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Mahasamund.

NT Bureau