‘MAOIST’ ACTION FOLLOWS TRINAMULI RALLY
PURULIA: Comrade Gangadhar Mahato was a worker in a stone quarry at Beldi in the Burrabazar area of west Purulia. He was 50. He was also the secretary of the Tumrasole CPI (M) local committee, a comrade who was known for his calm disposition and efficacy of leadership.
A LEADING ORGANISER
Comrade Gangadhar was also, and this is relevant here, as we knew him, a redoubtable organiser, working tirelessly amongst the toiling masses, especially khadan (quarry) workers for the propagation of his beloved Communist Party. The recent elections had underwritten this once again. This was no doubt the principle reason the pitiless killers who style themselves as ‘Maoists’ chose comrade Gangadhar as their target.
The locality too suited the remorse-free murderers. The locale is about a stone’s throw away from the lawlessness that is the eastern districts of Jharkhand. Comrade Gangadhar was cycling back to his humble abode after a day of back-breaking work at the deep khadan, when he was waylaid and ambushed by half-a-dozen heavily armed criminals who had been led to the spot by their cohorts in the Trinamulis.
MURDER MOST FOUL
A lonely turn in the bend and a hail of bullets riddled comrade Gangadhar’s weary body. He collapsed and died, perhaps almost instantly, now that we know that he was first shot twice in the head and then had four bullets pumped into his back and chest. The attackers made off into Jharkhand, and they could not be traced, as we file this report. Biman Basu, CPI (M) state secretary has deeply mourned comrade Gangadhar’s death and has called for an early apprehension of heinous assassins.