Teacher killed for not letting students attend Maoist rally

A day after a group of villagers refused to join an anti-govt rally and chased away Maoists, the rebels today killed a headmaster of a school here for not allowing his students to take part in another rally.

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 20:09 PM IST

Jhargram: A day after a group of
villagers refused to join an anti-government rally and chased
away Maoists, the rebels today killed a headmaster of a school
here for not allowing his students to take part in another
rally in West Midnapore district.

Rabindranath Mahto (45) was about to leave Indrabani
Primary School at about 3 pm after the school hours when six
suspected Maoists came in three motorbikes and dragged him in
front of the school building, police said.

The rebels then hacked him with an axe before shooting
him from close range, killing him on the spot. Another teacher
Shyamlal Mandi was also present there but he was spared, they
said.

The Maoists and People`s Committee against Police
Atrocities used to force men, women and students to take part
in their rallies.

The rebels had yesterday told Mahto to send the
students to the rally, but he refused. Mahto, a former
panchayat pradhan, was the Manikpara circle president of All
Bengal Primary Teachers Association, the primary teachers wing
of the CPI(M), sources said.

In a show of dissent, some villagers of Radhanagar,
five km from Jhargram, refused to take part in a rally held by
the Maoists yesterday.

PTI