A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was found hanging from a tree under mysterious circumstances in Kathua, Jammu, yesterday.

A villager saw the body of Som Raj hanging from a tree at some distance from his house in Hiranagar town in the morning and informed the police, they said.

The body, which had blood marks, was sent to a hospital for post-mortem, the officials said.

Sources said Raj was missing for the past three days.

Police have lodged a case and initiated an investigation, the officials said.

Raj’s family alleged that he was murdered and demanded that the government should provide justice to them.

Many BJP leaders, who visited Raj’s home, demanded a probe into his death.