Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah said the death of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi, who was killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada on April 9, smells of a "political conspiracy", and asked Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel to order a CBI inquiry into the killing.
"Bhima Mandavi's death smells of a political conspiracy. I want to tell the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, if you have nothing to hide then order a CBI inquiry into the death," Shah said while addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon.
Mandavi and four security personnel were killed when their convoy was attacked by Maoists in Dantewada district, days before the first-phase of elections in the state.
Shah had earlier said this act of cowardice cannot deter the party from its commitment to fight Maoism. Expressing anguish over the attack, Shah in series of tweets said: "Such act of cowardice can not deter BJP from its commitment to fight Naxalism."
He condoled the bereaved family of the MLA.
Mandavi's vehicle was blown up with an improvised explosive device at Shyamagiri hills when his convoy was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli area, which is about 450 km from state capital Raipur, officials said.
After blowing up the vehicle, the Maoists opened fire at the occupants. The MLA and four security personnel were killed in the attack, police officials.