CPI-M activist shot dead by Maoists in Bengal

Kolkata, Nov 23 (Inditop.com) A Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activist was shot dead by a group of suspected Maoist guerrillas in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district for allegedly acting as a spy for the government forces, officials said Monday.

Though the incident occurred late Sunday, the body was found by the locals Monday morning.

“Tapan Mahato, a CPI-M supporter, was killed by suspected Maoists. He was taken out by the ultras and shot dead near a forest located almost one kilometre away from his village,” West Midnapore District Magistrate N.S. Nigam told Inditop.

He said Mahato was a resident of Sirsa village under Shalboni gram panchayat (village council) in Jhargram sub-division.

Police said Maoist posters were recovered from the site where Mahato was found lying in a pool of blood.

The Maoists rebels owned up responsibility for the killing and wrote on the posters that Mahato was shot dead for acting as a spy for the joint forces, deployed to flush out Left-wing extremists from the region.