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Maoists injure 13 policemen in WB
Published on 4 Nov. 2010 11:52 PM IST
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A suspected Maoist supporter was killed and 13 policemen were injured in a clash between Maoists and security personnel in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district early Thursday, police said.
Thirteen policemen who raided a Maoist meeting in Chunapara area in Jhargram sub-division were injured after coming under attack from Maoists armed with bricks and batons. Police then shot dead a Maoist supporter and injured eight others.
It all began when police raided the area when the Maoists were holding a meeting with villagers, Additional Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar told IANS over telephone.
“Using women and children as a shield, the Maoists attacked the security personnel,” he said. Uttam Kumar Debbath, officer-in-charge of the Sankrail police station, was thrashed by a mob. Debnath was rushed to the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital in critical condition. The Maoists looted a few firearms, including an AK-47 of the officer.
A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and shot dead the Maoist supporter. The Trinamool Congress claimed that the dead man was its supporter. West Midnapore district party president Pranab Basu accused the police of firing indiscriminately.
Meanwhile, a Maoist and his close aide were Thursday arrested from West Bengal’s Bankura district, police said.
“Roben Tudu, a member of Ranibandh squad (of Maoists), and his close aide Chitta Ranjan Murmu were arrested from 12-Mile forest in the district. Explosives were also recovered from them,” Bankura police superintendent Pranav Kumar told IANS over phone.
“Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a raid in the forest and arrested the two. They will be presented before the local court in the afternoon,” he added. Kumar said Tudu was wanted in several murder cases, including one of Khagen Mahato, a civil contractor, July 29.
Maoists are active in three western districts in the state - West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.
Further, four Maoists were killed in a gun battle with the police in a forested area of Orissa’s Malkangiri district Thursday, police said.
District Superintendent of Police Anirudha Kumar Singh said that after a tip-off that Maoists were hiding near Karlakuta village, police raided the place.
“Some police personals sustained minor injuries in the gun battle that lasted for about 10-15 minutes,” Singh told IANS.
Some weapons and Maoist banners were seized from the spot, he added.
The district of Malkangiri, considered a Maoist stronghold, is 618 km from here.

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