Guwahati, Jan 30: A leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura, Kripa Ranjan Chakma, was gunned down today by unidentified gunmen, the police said.
Two to three assailants with arms attacked the house of the 35-year-old BJP leader in Manikpur in Dhalai district in the wee hours today and shot the tribal leader who died on the spot.
A large contingent of security forces led by senior officers has launched a search operation in the tribal dominated area to nab the attackers. A local suspect has been detained in connection with the incident.
The BJP has termed the incident as a "political conspiracy" ahead of the elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, a politically important constitutional body.