Just a few days ago, on June 10, naxals hacked to death Ramsai Majji, 64-year-old BJP leader and member of the zila panchayat, in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.
Location of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. It is at the heart of the Red Corridor.
He was dragged out of his home at around 8 in the night and killed before his own family members. Naxals reportedly threatened other BJP leaders too.
Even though naxal-issued threats are a regular affair in this belt of Chhattisgarh, Deshbandhu reports that at least 13 BJP leaders have quit the party in the Bhopalpattinam block of the district.
According to reports
, Chhattisgarh forest minister Mahesh Gagda met minister Pavan Sai calling an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.
Among those who resigned are the local BJP head of the block and the youth wing head. Gagda was reportedly furious because of the action of the leaders.
Special Police Officers (SPO) patrol in Bijapur. Sanjit Das/Panos for The Times
It is noteworthy that attacks on BJP leaders have been happening in Bijapur for quite some time now.
In April this year, 27-year-old BJP youth wing president Murlikrishna Naidu was shot at and injured by Naxals in in Bhairamgarh town of Bijapur.
According to reports, Ramsai Majji, who was also a former teacher, had not even received any threats from naxals. Most of Bijapur is forested region and Naxals have been a nuisance here. Bijapur borders neighbouring naxal infested areas of Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.