Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Killings: Maoists claim responsibility

;Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, 3 AUG.: Even as the Communist Party of India (Maoist) today claimed responsibility of the twin murder of CPI-M leaders in Junglemahal yesterday, Maoists shot dead another Gana Protirodh Committee member in Nishintapur, Belpahari this morning.
The outfit said the CPI-M leaders ~ Nirmal Mahato (56), the Amdanga branch committee secretary of the CPI-M in Lalgarh and Kalipada Singh (35), a resident of Chirugoda in Belpahari ~ were given death penalty for helping the “joint forces” carry out operation in Lalgarh. The militant outfit has issued a warning that anyone passing on information to the joint forces will be meted out the punishment.
Both Mahato and Singh were called out from their homes by a group of Maoists last night and taken to the nearby forest where they were shot dead. In what is seen as an attempt to stop CPI-M leaders and their followers from passing on information about Maoist hideouts to police, the banned outfit also threatened that those who would “dare” to help joint force will meet the same fate.
Members of the People Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) ~ the militant wing of the CPI (Maoist) ~ have given “proper punishment” to Singh for daring to help the joint force, a leader of the outfit said. Singh was a member of the CPI-M controlled Gana Pratirodh Committee (GPC) which was set up to oppose the movement being spearheaded by the people belonging to the tribal community under the banner of the Police Santras Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPC), he claimed.
Mahato had survived an attack last year. This time gano ray (people's verdict) had gone against Mahato for supporting the joint force, the Maoist leader said and added that the PLGA members have “implemented” the verdict by killing him.

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