The body of a BJP youth wing functionary was on Saturday found under a heap of sand in Bhedaghat in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district, police said.
Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) RS Narwariya said Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader Rishab Jain was first hit with a hard object on the neck and face and then his body dumped under a heap of sand in the town's Swargdari area.
"Jain's family filed a missing complaint with police after he did not turn up home on Friday morning. They started looking for him and found his motorcycle and a blood-stained slipper close to where the body was found," Bargi City Superintendent of Police Ravi Chauhan said.
The officials said people Jain was last seen with on Thursday night were being identified and probed.
Madhya Pradesh ABVP president Abhilash Pandey said Jain was the president of the BJYM Bhedaghat unit.
"The end was written on top of the sand pile from where Jain's body was found. We have asked the police to find the culprits in 48 hours or else we will start a massive agitation," Pandey said.
Police said Jain ran a marble artifacts shop in Panchavati area of Bhedaghat, some 25 kilometres from the district headquarters.