Naxals gun down Bastar MP’s son
The son of Bastar parliamentarian and BJP leader Baliram Kashyap was shot dead on Saturday morning, allegedly by Maoist extremists.india Updated: Sep 27, 2009 00:40 IST
The son of Bastar parliamentarian and BJP leader Baliram Kashyap was shot dead on Saturday morning, allegedly by Maoist extremists.
The attack came within 24 hours of Home Minister P. Chidambaram visiting Chhattisgarh on Friday to review the security situation in the state.
The killing took place near the Bhairaguda temple in Bastar, around 300 km south of state capital Raipur.
Tansen Kashyap, 33, was coming out of the temple with his brother Dinesh, 48, when the rebels fired at the duo.
Their 41-year-old brother, Public Health Engineering Minister Kedar Kashyap, had left a little earlier. The policemen deployed by the government to protect the minister had left too.
Sensing the opportunity, the assailants, part of a crowd of worshippers, shot at the duo and escaped on a bicycle, police said. “There was no apparent threat to Dinesh and Tansen. So, no police protection had been provided to them,” Bastar Inspector General of Police T. J. Longkumer told HT.
Baliram Kashyap, a four-term MP, and his family, has been on the hit-list of the Maoists for years, for its support to Salwa Judum, a controversial government-backed civil militia movement.
Tansen and Dinesh were rushed to Maharani Hospital. Doctors said Tansen succumbed to bullet injuries, while Dinesh’s condition was stable.
After the incident, Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar reiterated his appeal to elected representatives in the state to remain alert to the possibility of attacks. “I had asked the leaders to remain vigilant during their visit to Naxalite-infested regions.”
In New Delhi, condoling Kashyap’s death, BJP President Rajnath Singh demanded that the Centre give more resources to the states to fight the menace.
Naxalites, under the leadership of Communist Party of India (Maoist), wield considerable influence in 180 of India’s 610 districts. Maoist violence has claimed the lives of more than 700 civilians this year.