A local CPI (M) leader accused in the Netai massacre case of 2011 been arrested by the CID from Chanditala in Hooghly district, the police said on Friday.

With this, 19 of the 20 accused in the case have been arrested.

A team led by CID special superintendent Bharati Ghosh on Thursday night arrested Chandi Karan, CPI (M)’s Belatikri local committee secretary, from Chanditala in Hooghly district.

He was produced before ACJM (in-charge) Suparna Roy at the Jhargram sub divisional court on Friday which remanded him to judicial custody for three days.

He was charged under Sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 307 (attempt to murder) and 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC and provisions of the Arms Act.

Chandi Karan is accused in the Netai massacre case in which CPI (M) men allegedly fired upon villagers killing nine persons at Netai village in West Midnapore district on January 7, 2011.

The main accused Anuj Pandey, CPI (M)’s former Binpur zonal committee secretary, was arrested from Chandrapura in Jharkhand on May 6 last.

Five more accused in the case, all local CPI (M) leaders, were arrested from Hyderabad on April 30 last.

Twelve persons had earlier been arrested in connection with the case.

Another accused CPI (M) leader Fullara Mandal is still absconding.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the massacre in February 2011, expressing dissatisfaction with a CID probe then. The then Left Front government’s appeal against the order was turned down by the Supreme Court.