Monday, November 16, 2009

One shot dead by suspected Maoists in Banspahari

Express News Service

Posted: Monday , Nov 16, 2009 at 0609 hrs

A 38-year-old man was shot dead by suspected Maiosts in Banspahari village of West Midnapore district on Sunday evening. Shahsticharan Dutta (38), a member of the People’s Resistance Committee Against Maoists, was returning home when he was attacked around 6.40 pm. He was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

The Maoists had not owned up to the murder till the filing of the report.

Superintendent of Police, West Midnapore district, Manoj Verma said: “Dutta was killed in the evening. Jawans of the joint forces have reached the spot and raids are being conducted.”

In another incident, the joint forces had to resort to lathicharge at Bilatikuri to quell a mob that surrounded their camp after two persons were held by them. “One of them is a Maoist and the other a member of the PCPA. As the situation turned violent, we drove them away by using lathis,” a senior police officer told The Indian Express.

Jhargram, meanwhile, limped back to normalcy after PCPA’s 72-hour-long bandh came to an end today.

And while shops and commercial establishments remained open, buses and vehicles remained off road as blockades were laid at various points in the town. The bandh was called in protest against the alleged November 12 police lathicharge on protesters demanding the release of some people arrested from Junglemahal.

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