Dantewada: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was critically injured on Sunday after being attacked with sharp edged weapons by suspected Naxals in Dantewada district of poll-bound Chhattisgarh.

The leader, identified as Nandal Mudiyami, a member of Dantewada Zila Panchayat, was at his house in Palnar village when the attack took place around 8 PM. Soon after the incident, he was rushed to Dantewada hospital where his condition was said to be critical.

Meanwhile, the police have launched a search operation in the area to trace the attackers.

Speaking to the media, SP Dantewada informed that the leader has a major role in bringing people in Palnar to mainstream which angered the Naxals. “We used to keep getting information that they’re planning to strike back. His wife fell ill today, he went there and this happened. Some villagers are involved too. They’ll be caught,” he added.

The incident was reported a day after Naxals blew up a bunker vehicle of CRPF (Central reserve Police Force) personnel in neighbouring Bijapur district in which four paramilitary personnel were killed.

It may be noted that the ultras have called upon voters to boycott the Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018, scheduled to be held in two phases in November.

The first phase of polls will be held on November 12 covering 18 constituencies across eight naxal-affected districts namely Bastar, Kanker Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon. The remaining 72 constituencies will go to polls on November 20.

The counting of votes will be taken up on December 11 and the results for 90-member state Assembly will also be announced on the same day.