A day after union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s visit to Chhattisgarh, the suspected naxalites shot dead son of Bastar’s Lok Sabha member Baliram Kashyap near Bhairaguda temple at Jagdalpur in Bastar around 300 km south of Raipur on Saturday. In the daring attack another son of the MP was seriously injured.
Tansen Kashyap (33) who was president of Bastar Janpad Panchayat, went to the temple to perform puja along with his two brothers Dinesh and Kedar when the rebels fired from very close range. The incident happened after Kedar, who is a cabinet minister in Raman Singh government, left with his security guards after the religious ceremony was over. Both Tansen and Dinesh were rushed to Maharani Hospital in Jagdalpur in critical conditions.
According to the doctors, Tansen succumbed to the bullet injuries however the condition of Dinesh who was immediately operated upon remained stable. Dinesh, the eldest among the three brothers, is a president of Jagdalpur central cooperative bank and a former MLA.
It was the religious ritual on the Maha-asthami puja celebration that the Kashyap family annually performs at Bhairaguda temple, which is barely two km from their ancestor home.
According to the eye witnesses, some unidentified persons fired on Tansen and Dinesh barely couple of minutes after the state minister left. “After the firing commotion resulted and the four persons who fired managed to flee on cycles”, said Sudhir Kashyap, the eye witness.
Reacting to the incident, the state home minister Nankiram Kanwar reiterated his appeal to all elected representatives to remain vigilant. “I had already asked the leaders to remain alert during their visit to naxal-infested regions”, said Kanwar.
The Bastar Inspector General of Police TJ Longkumer told Hindustan Times that the police had ensured tight security arrangement during the programme however once Kedar left the place with his security forces, the remaining two brothers were without any security cover. “Apparently, there was no threat to Dinesh and Tansen so no police protection were provided to them”, said the IGP and further added that the police have launched search operation to track down the assailants.
The sate police spokesperson RK Vij maintained there were security arrangement and the incident occurred after the puja was over. “Only after the investigation it would be known if any security lapses had taken place”, said Vij.