Maoists kill two CPM leaders

Maoists kill two CPM leaders

Violence continues unabated in West Bengals Lalgarh

Even as joint security forces have been raiding various places of the district to trace two of their missing colleagues suspected to have been kidnapped by the Left-wing ultras in strife-torn Lalgrah, Nirmal Mahato, the CPM branch committee Secretary of Amdanga, was shot dead by Maoists, blaming him for exploiting the poor villagers, the police said. To prevent the forces from reaching the place, the ultras then blocked the Amdanga-Lalgarh road, felling boulders.

The attack came barely ten hours after the Maoists gunned down CPM local leader Kalipada Singh (50) at Chirugora village midnight of Saturday.

More than a dozen ultras surrounded Singh’s house and killed him on the spot for alleged corrupt practices. Singh, a convener of the CPM-backed local committee, was given “death sentence” by the Maoists in their Kangaroo court recently, the police said.


Meanwhile, panic gripped as posters suspected to have been put up by the Maoist rebels came up in Goaltore, Midnapore Sadar, Salboni and Jhargram warning six CPM leaders, including CPM Zonal Committee secretary of Jhargram Rabi Sarkar, of “justice” at the Kangaroo court “very soon”. Villagers were so afraid that they have pleaded with the government for a permanent police post there. Because, despite the presence of joint paramilitary forces with whom the Naxalites had a six-hour-long gunbattle only couple of days back, the killings are yet to stop.

Bikash, a spokesman of the Maoists, alleged that ordinary villagers were being harassed by the police and paramilitary forces and claimed the local people were not with the police and the ruling party. Nine CPM activists have so far been killed in West Midnapore district in the past one month.

Meanwhile, two Trinamool Congress workers were killed at Mandirbazar in South 24 Parganas district and another TMC worker was gunned down at Ghola in North 24 Parganas district on Saturday, allegedly by CPM supporters, prompting a sit-in by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee at the respective places. The sit-in was withdrawn after adequate security beef-up.  

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