Raktima Bose

KOLKATA: The Communist Party of India (Maoist), has called a 48-hour-bandh from October 12 in West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand in protest against the killing of a squad member allegedly by the security forces and cadres backed by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the Lalgarh region of West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district on Thursday.

Speaking to The Hindu over telephone from his hideout in the Lalgarh area, Maoist Polit Bureau Koteswar Molajella Rao alias Kishanji claimed that one of their squad members, Marang, was ambushed and killed by the security forces and the CPI(M) cadres. He added that Marang was “unarmed” when he was ambushed as opposed to reports that he was killed during an encounter.

The bandh was earlier called in Jharkhand and Bihar in protest against the security force operation in the Lalgarh region.

It was, however, extended to West Bengal following the killing of the Maoist squad member, Kishanji said.