Maoists kill four CPI-M supporters near Lalgarh

Four CPI-M supporters were on Friday shot dead by suspected Maoists and their bodies dumped on the state highway at Belpahari near Lalgarh in West Midnapore district with the ultras threatening to intensify their bloody campaign.

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 18:23 PM IST

Jhargram (WB): Four CPI-M supporters were
on Friday shot dead by suspected Maoists and their bodies dumped
on the state highway at Belpahari near Lalgarh in West
Midnapore district with the ultras threatening to intensify
their bloody campaign.

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
near Anthela village, police said.
The middle-aged CPI-M supporters were picked up from
their residences at Chandabila village in nearby Binpur police
station 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.

The police have seized Maoist literature and posters
strewn near the bodies condemning the four 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".

Meanwhile, life in the jungle mahal area comprising
West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts of West Bengal
have come to a standstill in a Maoist-sponsored 24-hour bandh
from this morning.
Shops, business establishments, offices, schools were
closed and no vehicle was seen plying on the roads, the
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.

PTI