Incident Summary:

03/14/2017: Assailants abducted Kithaganahalli Vasu in Bommasandra, Karnataka, India. Vasu, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councilor, was killed shortly after the abduction. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201703140015

When:
2017-03-14

Country:
India

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Karnataka

City:
Bommasandra

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Bengaluru district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Specific Description Councillor: Kithaganahalli Vasu
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. A source suspected that the attack may have been the result of a land dispute.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"BJP man Kithaganahalli Vasu kidnapped and killed in Bengaluru by unidentified assailants," Financial Express, March 14, 2017."
"BJP member hacked to death in Bengaluru," Indian Express, March 14, 2017."
"Bengaluru: BJP leader Kithaganahalli Vasu hacked to death by unidentified assailants," India Today, March 14, 2017."