New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Santosh Punem, who was reportedly kidnapped by Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, has been found murdered, stated a report on Wednesday. His body was spotted by some locals at nearby Marimalla hill. Also Read - Man Marries 2 Women At The Same Time As He Loves Both of Them, Wives Say They Are 'Very Happy' | Watch

Punem, who was also a contractor, was abducted late on Tuesday evening from his construction site in Marimalla village. He had reportedly gone to the site to supervise some road-related work, said Superintendent of Police Divyang Patel. The body of the SP leader was found lying in a pool of blood. The locals who found the body informed the police immediately. Also Read - "It’s BJP’s Vaccine, Can’t Trust…Won’t Take The Shot," Says SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav

Soon after the news, a team of security personnel was rushed to the spot. The body was found deep inside a forest which is 16 km away from the police station, said the police. Notably, last year, Punem had contested the state Assembly polls from Bijapur seat on the Samajwadi Party’s ticket. Also Read - New Coronavirus Strain: These States Issue SOPs For Passengers From UK | Complete List Here