Ahead of the Assembly elections in Bastar on November 12, senior state BJP leader Nandlal Mudiyami was attacked on Sunday night and is fighting for his life at the district hospital in Dantewada. The attackers have not been identified, but police suspect the attack was carried out by Maoists.
Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava told The Indian Express that the attack took place at Mudiyami’s residence in Palnar village. “More will be ascertained after speaking to the villagers and the family in Palnar,” he said. Both the SP and District Collector Saurabh Kumar were at the district hospital on Sunday night.
Police sources said that when Mudiyami was having dinner, at least five assailants stormed in and attacked him with a “tangiya”(small axe) and stabbed him multiple times with knives. His family members, including his wife, were present at the spot, but were restrained by one of the assailants. “This seems consistent with the work of a small action team of Maoists, but at the moment the priority is to save his life and he has been rushed to Dantewada. An air ambulance is being arranged and he will be taken to Raipur. He is conscious,” an officer said.
Mudiyami is currently a member of the zila panchayat and was a contender for the BJP seat in Dantewada that eventually went to Bhima Mandavi, who lost the election to sitting MLA Devti Karma in 2013.