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BJP leader killed in MP; party blames Congress after second such murder

BJP leader was shot dead in Mandsaur, prompting the party to claim that its leaders were being targeted

Press Trust of India  |  Madhya Pradesh 

Manoj Thakrey
Manoj Thakrey | Photo: ANI (Twitter)

A leader was found dead in district of Sunday morning, with the police suspecting that he was murdered.

The death of (48) came to light three days after another leader was shot dead in Mandsaur, prompting the party to claim that its leaders were being targeted.

Balwadi, where Thakre's body was found, is around 100 km from the district headquarters.

"The body had injury marks on the face and around the neck," said of Police Y D

"He had gone out for morning walk in hazy weather. got the information around 6.40 am that a body had been spotted, and within two minutes they reached the spot," the SP said.

Prima facie it appeared that Thakre was killed by unknown persons, she said.

A Special Investigation Team headed by an of police has been formed to investigate the killing, she said.

"We have picked up some people and are questioning them," added.

Former state minister and leader Antar Singh Arya's son Vikas told reporters that the killing was fall-out of a "political rivalry", but did not elaborate.

On Saturday, the BJP had submitted petitions to officials in every district seeking improvement in the law and order situation, claiming it had deteriorated under the newly-elected government.

Prahlad Bandhawar, of the Mandsaur Municipal Council, was shot dead Thursday. According to the police, one allegedly shot him over a financial dispute.

Former tweeted Sunday that it was "a matter of grave concern that BJP leaders are being killed".

"is taking it lightly and seeking to make a cruel joke of the incidents," Chouhan said, pointing out that Thakre, a popular BJP mandal president, was killed in the very district to which belongs.

Bachchan could not be contacted for reaction.

First Published: Sun, January 20 2019. 16:40 IST