Violence continues in Bengal

4 political activists killed, 5 abducted in last 3 days

Police said the gunfight erupted after a large contingent of CRPF, state police and BSF personnel embarked on a combing operation to trace two personnel who had gone missing near the Bhulabeda forest area near Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.

Tribals injured

While there has been no official report of injury, locals claimed three tribals were injured in the gunbattle. However, two cops Sabir Molla and Kanchan Garia have not yet been traced.

At least, two Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters were killed in Burdwan district and another shot dead at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district, allegedly by armed CPI(M) cadres on Wednesday and Thursday. A CPI(M) local leader was shot dead and five party activists were abducted by suspected Maoists in the trouble-torn West Midnapore district on Thursday.

TMC supreme Mamata Banerjee, who visited the troubled areas on Friday, alleged that the CPI(M) cadres had been targeting TMC members following the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha poll.

‘Killing field’

Referring to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s observation that Bengal has turned into a killing field, she demanded an immediate halt to all political violence and murders in the state.

There has been considerable tension prevailing in the two areas in the wake of large-scale arson following the murders. Police pickets have been posted to control the law and order.

Meanwhile, suspected leftwing ultras continued their attack on CPI (M) activists in Midnapore when Sagar Masanta, a CPM local committee member of Patharpara village at Goaltore in the Lalgarh police station area, was found dead on Thursday, with his body bearing multiple injuries.

Five other CPI(M) members who were abducted from their homes by suspected Naxalites on the same day are still missing. Nearly 40 people have been abducted by Maoists ever since the joint forces’ operation began on June 19, of which 19 have been found dead, police said.

DH News Service

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