New Delhi: Condemning the killing of five of
its activists by Maoists in West Bengal, the CPI(M) on Saturday said
the murders of agricultural labourers gave the lie to the
"manufactured campaign" that the extremists were defending the
rights of the poor.
Maintaining that all those killed were agricultural
labourers, the party said it would "expose the game of the
Maoists who are out to help the anti-Communist forces like the
"The civil rights groups and intellectuals who support the
Maoists by speaking out only against the police and
paramilitary operations must answer the question - are they
defending the Maoists so that they carry on such killings of
political opponents with impunity," a CPI(M) statement said.
Observing that killing of its members by the extremists
was yet another instance of their "true nature", it said the
attack "gives the lie to the manufactured campaign that
Maoists are engaged in a struggle to defend the cause of the
tribal people and other oppressed sections".
While four supporters -- Nazrul Mir, Sanatan Ahir, Swapan
Ahir and Ashok Ahir, were killed by Maoists in Chandavilla
village of West Midnapore late at night, the fifth activist
Srikanta Mahato was picked up from his house in Pathardi
village in Purulia district and shot dead after his family
members were beaten up.
The party said a total of 121 members and supporters have
been killed since Lok Sabha polls in only three districts of
West Bengal -- West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura, and most
of them came from tribal and poor background.