Another spate of killings by suspected Maoists marked the end of the 24-hour bandh called by the Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee, as the bullet-ridden bodies of two more persons, including a student, were found in the Lalgarh region of West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district at the weekend.
The body of Trilok Tudu, a student of Gorbeta College and a member of the Students Federation of India, was found at Paraulia on Saturday night, Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said. He was abducted while returning to his village on the night of December 11. The SFI has planned a rally in Kolkata for Monday to condemn his killing.
A group of armed men abducted Deenbandhu Sen from his house at Salboni in the Lalgarh thana area, and his body was found on Sunday morning, Mr. Verma said. There were reports that Deenbandhu Sen was the brother of Debabrata Sen who was killed by suspected Maoists.
A landmine went off on the outskirts of Malida near Pirakata, but none was injured, Mr. Verma said.
Demanding immediate withdrawal of the security forces from the region and condemning the alleged police atrocities on its supporters, the PSBJC will observe a 15-day hunger-strike, PSBJC spokesman Asit Mahato said. “The security forces lathi-charge us at our meetings and often shoot indiscriminately, not even sparing women,” he said.
“Starting Monday, a relay hunger-strike will begin, and only women supporters of the PSBJC will participate,” he said.