Bantwal, June 21, 2017: In a shocking case of murder reported from Benjanapadavu on June 21, Wednesday, an SDPI leader was hacked to death by a group of assailants at Benjanapadavu on June 21, Wednesday.
The deceased person Ashraf Kalayi was the President of the Ammunje Zonal unit of SDPI. Sources said a few people had hired his autorickshaw asking him to take them to Benjanapadavu. By the time the autorickshaw reached the destination, those in the auto hacked him with swords resulting in his death.
It has been gathered that the assailants were masked and had killed Ashraf owing to some previous rivalry.
The murder has sparked tension in Benjanapadavu. Meanwhile, shops in Melkar and Kalladka too downed their shutters as news of the murder spread like wildfire.
As it was SDPI Foundation Day today, he had hoisted the party flag at Kalayi and had reportedly even led volunteers to fill potholes of the Kalayi road upon realising that motorists were at risk while using the road.