Thursday, November 01, 2007

Maoists blow up CPI (M) leader in Purulia with CAN BOMB
Kumar Sarkar, 01 November 2007, Thursday

The Maoists in West Bengal are striking in rapid succession. A local committee member of the CPI (M) in Purulia district was blown up with a can bomb tied to his body.

A HUNDRED armed Maoists killed a Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader in Bhikaricheliana village in Barabazaar, about 50 kilometres from Purulia on the West Bengal-Jharkhand border early on Thursday morning. He was blown up after the rebels tied a bomb in a can to his body. This is the first time that the rebels have used a can bomb.

The Maoists raided CPI-M local committee leader Bhagirath Karmakar’s post midnight. Alerted by his family Karmakar tried to escape. The rebels caught up with him, tied the can bomb and triggered an explosion, senior police officers told the local media. The CPI (M) leader’s family was not harmed. The raiders fled towards Jharkhand after looting three licensed guns from the village. Senior district police officials have rushed to the spot. An alert has been sounded in the district and the police is combing the area.

Karmakar was said to be on the hit list of the Maoists. CPI(M) leaders in Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore districts of West Bengal have been prime targets of the rebels for a couple of years now and quite a number of important Marxist functionaries have been killed.

Early this week Maoists tried to blow up a police jeep carrying CRPF personnel in East Midnapore. While none of the security personnel were killed, a woman passenger travelling in a bus just ahead of the jeep was killed and six injured.

1 Nov 2007, 1158 hrs IST,PTI

PURULIA (WB): Suspected Maoists killed a local CPM leader after raiding his house at Barabazar, about 50 km from Purulia, early on Thursday morning and fled towards the Jharkhand border, a senior police official said.

A gang of armed Maoists threw bombs at the CPM leader Bhagirath Karmakar's house and killed him on the spot, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashok Kumar Prasad said.

It was not known whether they looted any thing from the CPM leader's house, he said, adding other members of Karmakar's family were not touched by the Maoist.

Karmakar was in the hit list of the Maoist.

Senior police officials have rushed to the spot.

Police launched a combing operation and have sounded an alert all over the district which borders Jharkhand, the SP added.

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