Maoists on Wednesday shot dead a supporter of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and grievously injured another person in the Belpahari thana area near Lalgarh in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal.

A group of Maoists shot Subal Mahato and Suresh Murmu at Chirakuti village and the former died on the spot, Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma told The Hindu over the phone. Murmu was taken to a hospital, he said.

Mahato was involved in the government’s local water supply scheme, District Magistrate of Paschim Medinipur N. S. Nigam said.

At a rally in Kolkata, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said Maoists had killed 70 supporters of the Left parties in the region in the recent past.

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