Maoists kill five near Lalgarh

Four CPI-M supporters and a party worker were today shot dead by Maoists after they suspected them to be police informers and their bodies dumped on the highway at West Midnapore and Purulia districts, police said.

Updated: May 15, 2010, 00:49 AM IST

Jhargram/Purulia: Four CPI-M supporters
and a party worker were today shot dead by Maoists after they
suspected them to be police informers and their bodies dumped
on the highway at West Midnapore and Purulia districts, police
said.

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".

-PTI