Suspected Maoists kill CPI-M leader Bimal Das

Kolkata, Nov 4 (Calcutta Tube) In two separate incidents in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporter was allegedly killed by Maoists while five Maoist linkmen were arrested, police said Wednesday.

‘A group of suspected Maoists attacked Bimal Das of Lalitashole village in Jhargram sub-division while he was standing in front of a bank. He was shot dead from point- blank range,’ West Midnapore’s Additional Superintendent of Police (Operation) Mukesh Kumar told IANS.

According to eyewitnesses, a group of armed Maoists riding on motorbikes fired at Bimal twice and fled towards Indraboti forest Wednesday.

Bimal, a money lender, was threatened earlier by the Maoists and he stayed away from home for several months. Only recently he returned home and resumed his business, a villager said.

Meanwhile, police arrested five Maoist linkmen from Nayagram area in Jhargram sub-division.

‘Shyamal Mudi alias Uday was arrested Tuesday night in connection with the triggering of landmine in a community hall. He was produced before Jhargram court and remanded in police custody for 14 days,’ West Midnapore Police Superintendent Manoj Verma said.

The four others — Ranjan Ali, Sisir Pal, Sattya Ranjan and Samir Singh — were arrested during joint operation conducted Wednesday in cases of murder and damaging government property, the district police chief said.

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