A BJP councillor was hacked to death on March 14 by unidentified assailants In Bengaluru's Anekal district, police said. "BJP councillor and Dalit leader Srinivas Prasad, popularly known as Kithaganahalli Vasu, was stabbed with sharp weapons around 5 am," Bengaluru Rural Superintendent of Police Vinit Singh told news agency PTI. Speaking about the motive behind the crime, Mr Singh said, "It is too early to comment on it as we are investigating the case."

On October 16, an RSS worker was hacked to death in Bengaluru, which led to massive protests by BJP and RSS workers in the state. Reacting to the incident, RSS Media Coordinator for Karnataka, Rajesh Padmar said the state government should take strong steps to stop such politically-motivated killings. He also demanded an immediate and impartial investigation.

In the last two years, more than 10 RSS-VHP-BJP activists have been killed. It is a dangerous development in a democratic set-up," Mr Padmar said. He also said that Srinivas Prasad was a soft-spoken person and has no criminal cases against him.

Prasad had resigned from the Congress party and also from the assembly after he was dropped from Siddaramaiah ministry earlier in 2016. He was revenue minister in the Congress government.