Chhattisgarh Maoist attack: Doordarshan crew member says ‘I might be killed’ in video, miraculously survives

After Doordarshan video journalist Achyutanand Sahu and two police officials were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district Tuesday, chilling videos recorded by Sahu’s colleague during the incident have surfaced a day later.

In the video, Mormukut Sharma, a lighting assistant who was part of a three-member Doordarshan team that went to Chhattisgarh to cover the assembly elections scheduled to take place in November, is lying on the ground amid sounds of gunfire raging nearby in the distance.

“I might be killed in this attack. I don’t know why, but even in the face of death, I don’t feel afraid,” he said in the video.

The videos have been shared by Republic TV journalist Aditya Raj Kaul. Sharma, who survived the attack, can be heard asking a police official for water.

Journalist Dhiraj Kumar, the third member told PTI that he fell into a ditch when their motorcycle lost balance and Sharma also crawled towards him. “For the next 45 minutes, I just heard sounds of bullets and grenades. There were about 200 Maoists. Some grenades fell near us, but thank God they did not explode,” Kumar said.

A third police official who was injured during the attack died early on Wednesday, bringing the toll to four.

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