Friday, November 02, 2007

CPM leader shot dead

CPM leader shot dead

Maoists attack purulia village, set house ablaze
Statesman News Service
BARABAZAR (Purulia), Nov. 1: A gang of 50 armed Maoists, including six women, shot dead a CPI-M local committee member and razed to the ground many houses at Bhikharicheliana village near Barabazar in Purulia district early today.
The Communist Party of India -Marxist local committee member Bhagirath Karmakar (45) was shot dead by the Maoists and his house was set ablaze. The radicals later set off a bomb near his body also.
The Maoists also attacked one Kiriti Gorai and he was admitted to a local primary health centre with serious injuries. The gang attacked three more houses and left with three guns.
After carrying out the attack, the Maoists fled towards Jharkhand. A large police contingent led by Purulia SP Mr Ashok Kumar Prasad rushed to the site.
He said that a red alert had been sounded and combing operations had begun. He added that neighbouring districts in Jharkhand had been alerted.

The body of Karmakar was sent to the Purulia Sadar hospital for postmortem.
Condemning the murder of Bhagirath, a top leader of the CPI-M in the district, Mr Monindra Gope, said that it was for the first time that Maoists had carried out an attack in the area. Police have set up a camp in the village to instill confidence in nervous people and are keeping a close watch on the area.

Sabhadipati of Purulia zilla parishad Rabindranath Kar and his wife were murdered by Maoists at their village in Bandwan, a Naxalite-infested area, on 30 December 2005. Kar was the district committee member of the Purulia Communist Party of India -Marxist

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