Kolkata, April 20: Ahead of the panchayat elections in the state, the Maoists have intensified their attacks against the ruling CPI(M) leaders in south Bengal. A CPI(M) local committee member of Arsha block in Purulia district was gunned down in presence of over 50 party supporters at around 10 pm on Saturday.
The 40-year old Khetrapal Majhi was addressing an election meeting in a house at Rangamati. When his speech was about to end, the Maoist attacked the house. One youth went near Majhi and opened fire from his automatic rifle. Even before the party supporters could react, the assailant walked out where some of his comrades were waiting for him. They raised Maoist slogans and left the area without facing any resistance.
Majhi who had suffered grievous injuries in his abdomen and chest, was rushed to the Purulia Sadar Hospital where the doctors declared him dead. The local CPI(M) leaders accused the Maoists of the murder. "The Maoists don’t believe in peaceful democratic political process. They are targeting innocent individuals," Dinabandhu Banejree, CPI(M)’s district secretariat member said.