Family members of Rohan Patil, the former BJP city unit president who was killed over a land dispute, have alleged that senior BJP leaders are protecting the accused Ravi Swamy, who is a member of the Bidar City Municipal Council.

In a complaint submitted to Superintendent of Police K. Tyagarajan, Sheetal Basavantrao Patil, Rohan Patil’s sister, alleged that Ravi Swamy was seen attending a banquet at the residence of Raghunath Malkapure, MLC, though the police have maintained that he was absconding.

“Leaders such as Mr. Malkapure are protecting the accused,” she charged.

She said that her brother was killed while trying to expose the involvement of some leaders in the land mafia.

She demanded that the murder case be handed over to the CBI or the CID.