Raipur : A BJP worker was fatally shot by unidentified assailants in the Naxal-affected Mohla-Manpur-Ambagarh, Chowki district on Friday, media reports said. Birju Taram, a resident of Sarkheda village, was ambushed outside his home and killed by a group of unidentified individuals, it added.
Birju, aged 53, was a prominent BJP leader in the Mohla-Manpur district, which is under the influence of communist insurgents. The police have heightened their investigations to consider the involvement of communist insurgents in the murder.
Birju had actively participated in numerous public gatherings alongside the former Chief Minister, Raman Singh, who recently toured the region. He held a significant leadership role in forest livelihood matters, which had drawn the ire of the communist insurgents.
The party had previously expressed concerns over the ongoing targeting of BJP workers in the Bastar region, a known stronghold of the communist insurgents. In recent times, three BJP activists were killed in Bijapur and Narayanpur districts. BJP state president, Arun Save, pointed out that the communist insurgents were resorting to these attacks as they realized their influence was waning among the local population.