- Santosh Punem was kidnapped from his construction site on Tuesday
- Locals found body his body lying in a pool of blood in a forest
- Santosh Punem had contested the Chhattisgarh state polls
Samajwadi Party leader Santosh Punem was kidnapped and killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, the police said today.
Mr Punem, who also worked as a contractor, was kidnapped by Maoists on Tuesday from his construction site in Marimalla village.
Locals spotted the body of the Samajwadi Party leader lying in a pool of blood this morning and informed the police.
A team of security personnel rushed to the spot, located deep inside a forest which is 16 km away from the police station, senior police official Divyang Patel said.
The vehicles on spot, including one Bolero and three trucks, were attacked and set on fire by the Maoists.
The Maoists have also refused to return the body of the leader to the family.
Santosh Punem had contested the recently concluded assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on Samajwadi Party's ticket from Bijapur. He was also state vice president of Samajwadi Party in Bijapur district of Bastar.
(With inputs from Agencies)