Tuesday, September 23, 2008

‘Maoists’ gun down CPM member in Birbhum

Kolkata, September 22 A CPM zonal committee member, Nandalal Mistri (51), was murdered by suspected Maoist cadres on Monday morning at Rajnagar in Birbhum.

“Following the incident, the police have sealed the district’s border with Jharkhand. A relative of the deceased has lodged a complaint at the local police station. Investigations are on but no one has been arrested so far,” said Laxmi Narayan Meena, SP Birbhum.

Mistri, the headmaster of Agayabandh Primary School, was on his way to school. Around 11.30 am, three youths fired three rounds at him from close range near Mohisapuri forests, killing him on the spot.

Subsequently, Additional SP, Birbhum, Farhat Abbas, reached the spot with a large police contingent.

Police recovered a few Maoist posters strewn around the body. The posters were printed in Burdwan. CPM district secretariat member Sadhan Ghosh said, “The district police has failed to provide security to the people.”

On April 22, another CPM local committee member Sridam Das (45) was killed on his way to school in the same area. Even that time, three youths — suspected to be Maoist members — had shot dead Das from point blank range. Maoist leaflets were seized from the spot.

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