Saturday, June 13, 2009

Maoists kills CPI-M leader, 15 injured in clashes

Posted: Saturday , Jun 13, 2009 at 2208 hrs IST

Maoists shot dead a CPI-M leader at Belpahari, sparking clashes between tribals and Leftist extremists which left 15 injured in West Midnapore district.

45-year-old Shankar Tudu was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne Maoists at a tea shop at Bhulabheda village in Belpahari, police said.

The naxals pumped six bullets into him before escaping, they said.

As the news of Tudu's death spread, clashes between CPI-M cadre and tribals erupted at Bahulbani village near Salboni and Jeerapara and Dharampur villages in Lalgarh.

Two CPI-M activists, Gour Bera and Trilochan Samanta, received bullet injuries in the clashes and were rushed to hospital in a critical condition, police said.

In a separate incident, over a hundred villagers laid a siege at Goaltore police station against alleged police inaction after a son-in-law of a former MLA Krishna Prasad Duley, was abducted by Maoists.

The villagers dispersed after he was released later in the day, official sources said.

Meanwhile, tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, convenor of the Peoples Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), met police and district officials at the Circuit House here over the tribals agitation targeting policemen in the area.

The tribals are on the warpath since early November last year following police raids after Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and then union minister Ramvilas Paswan and Jitindra Prasad narrowly escaped a landmine blast at Salboni in the district.

Mahato said the police would only be allowed in the area after the PCPA's 23-point charter of demands, including apology by then superintendent of police for alleged atrocities on tribals, is met by the administration.

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