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Dantewada naxal attack: Govt seeks EC nod for judicial probe

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

The government in has sought permission from the Election Commission for setting up a judicial probe panel into BJP legislator Bheema Mandavi's killing by Maoists in district on April 9, in view of the model code of conduct.

The (GAD) has written to (CEO) in this regard, a GAD told PTI Sunday.

The letter written on April 10, a day after the attack, stated that Mandavi and four police personnel were killed when Maoists, who had laid an ambush, blew up their bullet proof vehicle with an IED near Shyamgiri village.

The MLA was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli town as part of his poll campaign, and was being followed by his two escorting vehicles when the incident took place, it said.

"Therefore, a judicial probe panel is proposed to be constituted into the matter. As the Model Code of Conduct is into effect for Lok Sabha Elections, the screening committee meeting chaired by the on April 10 has recommended to seek permission from for the formation of a judicial probe panel," the letter stated.

had on April 12 demanded a CBI probe into the incident, which he dubbed as a "political conspiracy".

Meanwhile, the Congresshas accused the BJP of politicisingthe tragic killing of the MLA.

"The BJP should not do politics in such a sensitive matter and wait for the decision of the The government is serious on the issue and it will conduct an impartial enquiry into the incident," said state

He said had decided to order a probe while he was returning from on April 10 after paying tribute to Mandavi ji.

"Since the government couldn't take any decision during the model code of conduct, it has sought permission of the ECI for a judicial probe into the attack," he said.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 19:05 IST