June 20, 2009

CPI(M) leader among four killed in clashes

LALGARH/BINPUR (WEST MIDNAPORE), 19 Jun 2009: As Bengal launched a counter-offensive against the Maoists, the attacks on CPI (M) cadres continued near Jhargram. Maoists brutally murdered a CPI(M) leader and three others near Goaltore.
The bodies, with throats slit and buried in a patch of 'shaal' forest, were found early Thursday. Families of the dead were left watching the corpses decompose in the heat as police stayed away. "If we cremate them, how will we prove that they were murdered? Will you ask the police to come," a kin of one of the victims pleaded with mediapersons.
In the attacks since the CPI (M) was routed in LS polls, nearly 30 people have been killed, mostly CPI (M) local leaders and activists. CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has left the door open for talks. Before leaving for Delhi on Thursday, the CM appealed to villagers to distance themselves from Maoists. Bhattacharjee will meet PM Manmohan Singh and Union home minister P Chidambaram on Friday.

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