Maoists Kill One in WB, One in Orissa

Suspect Maoists on Sunday gunned down former head of a Bhutashole village in West Midnapore district.

Anil Mahato, a member of the CPM, was killed by rebels. Asoke Mahato, his kin, found him wounded nearby school and called police.

“We called up the local Salbani police station…they asked us to bring him to the hospital…He had not been in his house for many days…When he came to his house and was taking rest then the attack took place,” said Asoke Mahato.

In meantime, Maoists killed a tribal in Orissa suspecting him to be a police informer.

As many as 40 rebels struck at the Rebana village in Keonjhar district on Sunday and killed Sunaram Tudu. The rebels also bashed up two others, intimidating them not to cooperate with the police.

“We received the message about the killing in Rebana village. The Special Operation Group and police force in four groups are heading for the spot. We will be carrying out combing operations and investigations in the area too,” said Prashant Mohapatra, sub-divisional police officer of Ghatgaon area.

Last month, suspected Maoists held the Rajdhani express train, which was freed by security forces after a five-hour hostage drama.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Maoists as the biggest internal security challenge since independence, which began four decades ago championing the cause of poor peasants in the east, but has now spread to about 20 of India’s 29 states.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the government was willing to talk to the Maoists about issues such as poverty and corruption that are often blamed for stoking the insurgency, but insisted the rebels must first stop violence.

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