Maoists shot dead two Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders and issued posters threatening to kill six other
Marxists in West Midnapore district as violence continued unabated in strife-torn Lalgrah, despite over a month-old
operation by joint security forces.
Nirmal Mahato, the CPM branch committee secretary of Amdanga, was shot dead by Maoists, who claimed he was killed
for exploiting poor villagers, police said. The Maoists then blocked the Amdanga-Lalgarh road felling boulders preventing security forces from raiding the area.
The attack came barely 10 hours after the Maoists gunned down CPM leader Kalipada Singh at Chirugora village on Saturday night. A gang of 15 Maoist cadre stormed into Singh's house and killed him on the spot for alleged corrupt practices. Maoists declared that Singh, convenor of CPM-backed Police Santras Pratirodh Committee, was 'given death sentence' in their 'Kangaroo court' recently, the police said.
In another development, panic spread as posters, supposedly put by Maoist rebels, came up in Goaltore, Midnapore Sadar, Salboni and Jhargram warning six CPI-M leaders, including CPI-M zonal committee secretary of Jhargram Rabi Sarkar, of 'justice' at the Kangaroo court 'very soon'.