Unidentified bike-borne assailants stabbed a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Karnataka's Chikmagalur. According to reports Mohammad Anwar, 44, was stabbed thrice by the attackers in Gowri Kaluve area late on Friday (June 22).
Police and locals rushed Anwar, who was general secretary of BJP's Chikmagalur unit, to a local hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.
The police have registered a case but none of the attackers have been indentified so far. Cops said they were probing the case from all possible angles but prima-facie it appears to be a matter of personal animosity.
Tension is simmering in the town following the murder of the BJP leader in Chikmagalur. Local party leaders described Anwar's killing as part of a larger conspiracy.
Several BJP, RSS leaders have been killed in Kerala, West Bengal and Karnataka in the past few months. During a rally in October last year, BJP president Amit Shah had accused Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan for the targeted killings. "I want to ask CM Pinarayi Vijayan, who is responsible for killing 84 BJP /RSS workers in Kannur? If he is not answering, I am saying that he is responsible and the blood stains are on him only," Shah had said.
Recent 'political killings' in West Bengal also triggered a slugfest between the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC). Two BJP workers were found killed in as many days earlier this month. The BJP had alleged the deaths were "political murders" and demanded a CBI inquiry into the two incidents.
TMC Rajya Sabha member Derek O' Brien had condemned the killings and demanded a detailed probe into them. He, however, did not rule out the involvement of the BJP, the Bajrang Dal or Maoists in the incidents.
"We strongly condemn this despicable killing.All angles must be probed.The perpetrators of this heinous act must be punished. What role did Jharkhand border have to play? What elements of Bajrang Dal, Maoist or BJP involved. Let the truth be found out through proper investigation," O' Brien had tweeted.