Maoists beheaded two brothers in Belpahari in West Midnapore on Saturday night — an occurrence similar to last year’s incident concerning Jharkhand Police Inspector Francis Induwar.
The police found in the jungle the bodies of Anath Singh and Hiteshwar Singh, members of an anti-Maoist group backed by the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Belpahari is 25 km from Lalgarh (150 km west of Kolkata), a stronghold of Maoists.
“Beheading has taken place. The Maoists are killing innocent people … The two killed are brothers and four years ago their father was killed by Maoists,” said Bhupinder Singh, director-general, West Bengal police.
After Maoists had beheaded Induwar in October last year, Kishenji, politburo member of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), said that Maoist leaders would review the method of annihilation.
Maoists also shot dead Jhantu Patra, a CPI(M) activist, in the Lalgarh police station area, on Saturday night.
Asit Mahato, a Maoist leader, said that those killed were police informers.
“The operations by the joint forces (of the Centre and the state) alone won’t solve the problem. There is urgent requirement for political resistance...,” Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said, referring to the killings.
“The Trinamool Congress, along with Maoists, is terrorising our party leaders. (But) we will be able to tackle the problem politically,” he added.