Maoists kill five near Lalgarh

Maoists kill five near Lalgarh

Ashok Ahir, Swapan Ahir, Sanatan Ahir and Nazrul Mir were shot dead from point blank range early today for being "police informers" and the bodies left on Silda-Bankura road at Belpahari area near Lalgarh, police said.

The middle-aged CPI-M supporters were picked up from their residences at Chandabila village in Binpur area by a group of 20 armed Maoist cadre last midnight.

They had been missing since then and the bodies were recovered this morning, members of a team of police and paramilitary forces who reached the spot said.

In a separate Maoist attack at Pathardihi village in Arsha area in Purulia district, a 55-year-old CPI(M) worker identified as Srikanta Mahato was shot dead after he was picked up from his residence last midnight.

His bullet-riddled body was today found lying in a jungle near the village bordering Jharkhand.

According to police, Maoist literature and posters found strewn near the bodies condemned them as "police informers".

The hand-written posters also revealed that the bloody campaign in Lalgarh and nearby jungle mahal areas will continue until "the arrested Maoist cadre were produced before the court".

One Maoist ultra Shibu Majhi who was arrested from Arsha was today produced in a local court that sent him to five-day police custody.

Meanwhile, life in the jungle mahal area comprising West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts have come to a standstill due to a Maoist-sponsored 24-hour bandh which began today.

Shops, business establishments, offices, schools were closed and no vehicle was seen plying on the roads, police said.

Earlier this month, Maoists had shot at and seriously injured 50-year-old Alok Mahali, a CPI(M) leader, at Gidhni in West Midnapore district.

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