Maoists claim responsibility for killing five CPI(M) men
Sept 14 (PTI):
The Maoists today claimed responsibility for the killing of five CPI(M) supporters at Nachupatina village in West Midnapore district and threatened to kill ‘anyone who helps the CPI(M).’
Maoist state committee member and party spokesperson Akash told PTI over telephone from an undisclosed destination that they had repeatedly asked CPI(M) “goons” to leave arms and lead a normal life, but the latter did not pay any heed to it.
“If they don’t do it during a war-like situation, they will be killed,” he warned.
Akash claimed that a CPI(M) camp existed at Patina village in Nayagram, close to Orissa border “just under the nose of the joint forces camp” from where CPI-M cadres allegedly operated and tortured nearby villagers.
Armed Maoists descended on Nachupatina village’s Dompara area on Sunday night and exploded bombs before firing in the air to terrorise villagers, the police said.
One group went to the house of CPI(M) supporter Amrit Aagyuan, broke open the door and forcibly took him way. Amrit’s mother was injured when she tried to stop the Maoists.
Another group of Maoists went to the house of Rohin Aagyun, Samaresh Aagyuan, Swapan Aagyuan and Prasanta Aagyuan, all belonging to one family, and forcibly took them outside.
They first beat the five persons, then shot them dead leaving behind some Maoist posters, the police said.
CPI(M) sources claimed the deceased as their party supporters.
Maoist bandh claims eight lives
A two-day bandh called by Maoists in six States, demanding a probe into the death of one of their leaders, began on a violent note on Monday. Maoists killed two policemen in Chhattisgarh, five CPI(M) supporters in West Bengal and a chowkidar in Jharkhand.
Maoists attacked the Bhejji police station in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh and shot dead two policemen, after an exchange of fire, police officials said.
At Nachupatina village in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, Maoists shot dead five CPI(M) supporters. The five persons that included four of a family were dragged out from their homes and killed.
The mother of one of the victims was injured when she resisted the Maoists.
In Jharkhand’s Garhwa district, Maoists shot dead chowkidar Rajeshar Paswan at Panchadumar, the police said. A note found near the body claimed that Paswan was a police informant.
Maoists blew up a stretch of rail track near the Karmavad railway station in Giridih district of the State in the early hours of Monday. The blast damaged the wheels of a goods train, Dhanbad Divisional Railway Manager A. Upadhaya said in Ranchi.
Maoists burnt an earth-cutting machine at Sahapur in Hazaribagh district, the police said.
The bandh was called in West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, besides Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Chadrapur districts of Maharashtra and Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh.
Top Naxal leader Cherakuri Rajkumar alias Azad was killed in a police encounter in July in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh