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Maoists blow up CPI (M) leader in Purulia
The Maoists in West Bengal are striking in rapid succession. A local committee member of the CPI (M) in Purulia district was blown up with a can bomb tied to his body.
A HUNDRED armed Maoists killed a Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader in Bhikaricheliana village in Barabazaar, about 50 kilometres from Purulia on the West Bengal-Jharkhand border early on Thursday morning. He was blown up after the rebels tied a bomb in a can to his body. This is the first time that the rebels have used a can bomb.
 
The Maoists raided CPI-M local committee leader Bhagirath Karmakar’s post midnight. Alerted by his family Karmakar tried to escape. The rebels caught up with him, tied the can bomb and triggered an explosion, senior police officers told the local media. The CPI (M) leader’s family was not harmed. The raiders fled towards Jharkhand after looting three licensed guns from the village. Senior district police officials have rushed to the spot. An alert has been sounded in the district and the police is combing the area.
 
Karmakar was said to be on the hit list of the Maoists. CPI(M) leaders in Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore districts of West Bengal have been prime targets of the rebels for a couple of years now and quite a number of important Marxist functionaries have been killed.
 
Early this week Maoists tried to blow up a police jeep carrying CRPF personnel in East Midnapore. While none of the security personnel were killed, a woman passenger travelling in a bus just ahead of the jeep was killed and six injured.


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