Some Jharkhand Congress workers have quit their party fearing attacks by Maoists who blame the party for a sweeping inter-state offensive against them.
The banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) had last month warned that Congress workers would be targeted if the crackdown on Maoists was not halted.
State Congress spokesman Radha Krishna Kishore admitted that members were leaving the party but he gave no numbers.
“At a few places Congress workers have quit fearing Maoist backlash. Congress workers are scared as the government is soft vis-a-vis Maoists." Kishore told IANS.
Gobardhan Mahali, who was president of the Congress Dhalbhumgarh block of East Singhbhum district, was shot dead Tuesday night by Maoists to protest against the offensive against them.
Kishore said "some Congress workers and leaders" had quit. He said the Chhatarpur division president, Gopal Prasad Singh, and two dozen others had also resigned.
The resignation letters have been forwarded to the party headquarters in Ranchi. The party is yet to any decision. he said.