Three CPI(M) workers, including a local leader, were shot dead by unidentified assailants at Banksole in West Midanpore district on Wednesday.
The six motorcycle-borne assailants killed the three including CPI(M)'s Shimli branch secretary Amal Mahato when
they were having tea at a shop after patrolling the forest in the night to guard against Maoist-backed tribal agitators.
The three were part of a village resistance group approved by the administration to assist the police, Jhargram
Sub divisional Officer Ulganathan said.
He did not rule out the hand of Maoists in the killing.
The West Bengal goverment has rushed 5 companies of paramilitary forces to the spot to restore law and order, and have been reportedly given the order to open fire, if necessary.