A Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was abducted and killed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said on Wednesday, June 19.
Santosh Punem – a contractor, was abducted and killed on late Tuesday evening from his construction site in Marimalla village where he had gone to supervise some road-related work, Superintendent of Police Divyang Patel said.
“Santosh Punem a resident of Marimalla who also worked as a contractor was abducted from his construction site in Marimalla village on Tuesday late evening” DIG (anti-Naxal operations) Suderaj P was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times.
Some locals spotted his body lying in a pool of blood at the nearby Marimalla hills on Wednesday morning and informed the police, following which security personnel rushed to the spot, located deep inside a forest, 16 km away from the police station.
Santosh had contested the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on Samajwadi Party’s ticket from Bijapur. He was the state vice president of Samajwadi Party in Bijapur district of Bastar.