Naxals ambush Congress MLA who started Salwa Judum

Mahendra Karma, former Leader of the Opposition in Chhattisgarh and credited with starting the violent Salwa Judum agitation in the state, was today attacked by Naxalites in the Dantewada district of the state.

The senior Congress leader was on his way to attend a programme at Barsur in Bastar district when the attackers triggered a blast when his vehicle was passing on Faraspal road, about 7 kms away from the Dantewada district headquarters, Dantewada SP Narendra Khare said.

 Naxals ambush Congress MLA who started Salwa Judum

Representative image. Reuters

Karma was unhurt in the attack, but four security personnel accompanying him were injured in the attack.

Khare along with the the additional SP visited the place of attack and have allegedly found some clues. Further investigations are on, Ram Nivas, ADG, Naxal Operations told CNN-IBN.

Karma has been on naxal hit list for his role in launching the 'Salwa Judum' movement, in which Special Police Officials were appointed from among tribals and then given to take on the Naxalites. However, the campaign was subsequently stopped by the Supreme Court.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 08, 2012 17:24:44 IST