Three killed in West Bengal during Maoist bandh

Three persons, including a woman, were shot dead by suspected Maoists in West Midnapore district, while there was an encounter in Bankura district amidst the 24-hour shutdown called by the ultras on Monday.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 14:51 PM IST

Kolkata: Three persons, including a woman,
were shot dead by suspected Maoists in West Midnapore
district, while there was an encounter in Bankura district
amidst the 24-hour shutdown called by the ultras on Monday against the visit of US President Barack Obama.

The three persons identified as Rashbehari Mahato,
Sandhya Mahato and Sheikh Wajed Ali were abducted by gun
toting persons last night from Kishmatganakata village, in
Jhargram subdivision and their bullet riddled bodies were
found on the road nearby this morning, officials said.

Rashbehari Mahato was a local expert on chou dance,
while Ali was an employee of the BDO office, they said.

All three were CPI(M) supporters, with Rashbehari
Mahato being a member of the CPI(M) local committee, they
said.

It was not known why the woman, Sandhya Mahato, was
killed, but her husband was also missing, the officials said.

In Bankura district, the joint forces in an encounter
with Maoists, busted a Maoist camp at Lithla forest in the
Ranibandh police station area, from which a large number of
weapons and landmines were seized, police said.

Superintendent of Police, Pranab Kumar, was at the
spot.

Superintendent of Police, Purulia Rajesh Yadav said
that the bandh was peaceful and in his district and had
partial effect.

PTI