Armed Maoists on Wednesday shot dead a CPI(M) Purulia district committee leader at Burrabazar, near Purulia, a day after two CPI(M) activists were killed by the ultras at Salboni in adjoining West Midnapore district.
The police said that an 8-member bike-borne gang of armed Maoists shot at Gangaram Mahato (45), who was returning from market on his motorcycle, from a point blank range at Bediamore at Burrabazar. He died on the spot.
Mahato was stated to be in the hit-list of the Maoists, the police said.
The police arrived on the scene only after the attackers had fled to Jharkhand.