Suspected Maoists killed a CPI(M) member and damaged houses of six local Left leaders in trouble-torn West Midnapore district on Wednesday, a day after the two-day strike called by the outfit in five states, including West Bengal, ended.
Police said the attackers, suspected to be Naxalites, slit the throat of Lakshman Mahto at Belasole in Salboni area this morning and left him bleeding at the spot.
Mahto died on way to Midnapore Sadar Hospital soon.
In a simultaneous attack at Chandra, not far from Maoist hotbed Lalgarh, armed extremists damaged houses of one CPI and five CPI(M) leaders, accusing them of having exploited tribals for years.
Police said the Maoists were believed to be behind the arson in the area.
Activists of People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA), alleged to be a Maoist-backed organisation which is spearheading agitation against police forces, dug up road along at least nine points on Chandra-Dherua route and uprooted trees preventing movement of vehicles, police said.
The developments took place a day after the two-day shutdown in parts of West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia in West Bengal, besides four other states got over and despite the joint force of police and CRPF camping in Lalgarh and adjoining areas.
A high-level security meeting was held in Midnapore town to chalk out operations last night.