Security forces open fire on Maoists in West Midnapore

Security forces open fire on Maoists in West Midnapore

Policeman stands guard at Sankrail Police Station in West Midnapore District on Tuesday. AFP

A CRPF officer said mortars were also used when the Maoists retaliated.
Maoist leader Kishenji told PTI that he has asked the security forces to stop the firing otherwise the officer-in-charge of Sankrail police station, who was kidnapped on October, 20 would be beheaded.

He said that the security forces, who followed journalists to the village cordoned it off and began firing at around 9:10 am, but it has just stopped.

"I cannot guarantee the safety of the police officer if there is firing," he said.

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