Kolkata: A Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader in West Bengal`s West Midnapore district was shot dead by Maoists on Sunday for acting as a police informer, police said.
"We were informed that a bullet-ridden body was lying near a forest in Beliabera village of Jhargram sub-division," Superintendent of Jhargram Police district Praveen Tripathi told a news agency over phone.
"The body was recovered and identified as that of Rameshwar Bag. He was a local CPI-M leader," he added.
Maoist posters, claiming responsibility for the crime, were recovered from the spot. They read that Bag was given `capital punishment` for acting as police informer, Tripathi said.
The victim`s family members alleged that a group of 8-10 armed Maoist cadres raided their house Saturday night and dragged him out. Bag was later shot dead a few metres away from his house.
Bag was an active CPI-M leader in the area but had been refraining from party activities fearing attacks by the rebels, police said.
The Maoists are active in three western districts of the state - West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.