Suspected Maoists shot at a school teacher and a member of the non-teaching staff of a school at Baghmundi in West Bengal’s Purulia district on Thursday, killing the teacher and critically injuring the other person.

The victims, Subimal Mahato and Shankar laya, were returning home from Ranga High School on a motorcycle when they were accosted by a group of unidentified miscreant who fired at them.

The district’s additional superintendent of police, C. Sudhakar, told the Hindu over telephone from Purulia that while Mr. Mahato died on the spot, Mr. Laya was admitted to the Purulia District Hospital with serious bullet injury and later shifted to Ranchi when his condition turned critical.

“The case is under investigation. Though we are probing every other possibility, involvement of the Maoists is not ruled out,” Mr. Sudhakar said.

The area is located near the Ayodhya Hill, which is believed to be a strong base of the Maoists in the region.