May 24, 2009 3:13:30 am
In the fourth such instance in the last two months,alleged Maoists shot dead a CPM member in Purulia district on Saturday. Police said Dinesh Mahato (43),a member of the CPMs Ghatbera local committee,was shot dead by a group of armed persons,who opened fire at him from a close range when he left his house around 6.30 pm. In protest,the CPM has called a 12-hour bandh in Balarampur on Sunday.
While the police have not blamed the Maoists for the murder,CPM state committee member from Purulia Munindra Gope said a section of tribals and the Maoists have been trying to create unrest in the area. The Maoists killed Mahato, Gope said.
Purulia Superintendant of Police Rajesh Kumar Jadhav said at least three miscreants were involved in the firing. We believe the miscreants have left the area. A search is underway, Jadhav said. Local CPM leaders said they suspected the miscreants were locals and not hardcore Maoist ultras from across the Jharkhand border.
In April in Balarampur,alleged Maoists had killed CPM workers Vaikuntha Mahato and Bibhuti Singh Sardar. On May 15,a day before the Lok Sabha election results were declared,CPM member Manu Singh was shot dead in a market in Bandwan.
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