Monday, January 26, 2009

Tribal leader shot dead

26 Jan 2009, 0416 hrs IST, TNN

BELPAHARI: A leader of Maoist-backed Committee against Police Atrocities (CPA) was killed on Saturday night while another was abducted on Sunday
next morning, a few hours before a meeting of the organization was scheduled at Chakadoba in the afternoon. In protest, CPA has called a bandh across Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore on Tuesday.

When the meeting finally took place on Sunday, CPA spokesperson Chhatradhar Mahato gave a war cry against the state and threatened an enormous movement against it. On Monday, members of the organization will gherao the Belpahari police station after which it will go big with Tuesday's bandh. More than 15,000 people attended the meeting at Chakadoba.

While goons shot dead Nirmal Sardar (36) at Talpukuria in Belpahari on Saturday night, more than 40 armed men kidnapped Himadri Mahato from his home at Keondishole on Sunday morning. Sardar's wife Shrimati said it was late at night when they heard a knock on their door. "My husband opened the door and found six men with their faces covered with mufflers, who told him to come out. He refused, but they dragged him out. When they threatened him against joining the meeting, he tried to flee. Then, I heard three gunshots," she said.

Mahato's mother Sushama fears he has already been killed. "Around 40-50 men came to our house and took Himadri out. I heard them telling him to sever ties with CPA, or they would kill him. When my son refused, they abducted him. I fear he has been killed," she said.

CPA spokesperson Chhatradhar Mahato claimed the murder and abduction was a conspiracy to stop the movement. "Police and ruling party leaders are trying to stop our movement and some Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leaders have joined them. But, we will spread our movement to entire south Bengal," he said.

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