Maoists killed eight persons, including a woman, in West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa during a 24-hour strike called by them since Sunday night to protest against US President Barack Obama’s visit to India.
Those killed included three CPI-M supporters and a woman in Bengal, two bomb disposal squad personnel defusing a bomb planted by the extremists that exploded in Bihar and two men who the ultras held guilty of extorting money by posing as Maoists in Orissa.
In Bengal’s West Midnapore district, assailants on motorcycles shot dead Kanai Ray, a former CPI-M panchayat pradhan, at Patashimul village.
The three others — Rashbehari Mahato, Sandhya Mahato and Sheikh Wajed Ali — were abducted by gun-wielding persons on Sunday night from a village in Jhargram subdivision. Their bullet-ridden bodies were found near the village on Monday morning, officials said.
Rashbehari Mahato was an expert on the tribal Chhau dance and Ali was a state government employee at the block development office. Both were CPI-M supporters, an official said.
The Maoists had warned the woman, Sandhya Mahato, of dire consequences unless her son quit the CRPF, the officials said.
Her husband is missing. In Bihar’s Gaya district, two men of the Bihar Military Police, Vijay Kumar and Jai Chand, were killed while defusing a bomb planted by Maoists at the Banke Bazar block office, DGP Neelmani said.
In Muzaffarpur district, 10 wagons of a goods train derailed after Maoists blasted a railway track near Kurhani railway station, Neelmani said.
In Orissa’s Nabarangpur district, Maoists shot dead two men. They also blew up a school building in Malkangiri district.
With PTI inputs