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CPI(M) leader shot down by Maoists in W Bengal

The Maoists gunned down a local CPI(M) leader after dragging him out of a party meeting in West Midnapore district.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 21:05 IST

The Maoists gunned down a local CPI(M) leader after dragging him out of a party meeting at Harulia village in West Midnapore district.

The District Magistrate Dushmanta Nariala said a group of nine Maoists, including two women, took away nine CPI(M) members, including their leader Kartik Singh, when they were attending a party meeting in the village on Saturday.

After taking them to a field surrounded by jungle on three sides, they shot at Singh from close range killing him on the spot.

When one of Singh's party members Bhim Soren protested the incident, he was severely beaten up.

Soren was admitted to a hospital at Jhargram.

The seven others were allowed to go after they pleaded for their release, he said.

The district magistrate, who is on the spot, said combing operations were on.

The village under Lalghar police station is adjacent to Belpahari which has been witnessing Maoist violence.

Two months ago, CPI(M) Secretariat member of Purulia district Rabindranath Kar and his wife were first shot at and then burnt to death at Bandwan.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 20:29 IST