Raktima Bose

KOLKATA: The Lalgarh region in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal on Thursday continued to witness violence, allegedly perpetrated by Maoists. The police recovered the bullet-riddled bodies of two Communist Party of India (Marxist) supporters near Goaltore, 25 km from Lalgarh.

The victims, Nimai Bishui (60) and Samir Singha Mahapatra (50), were instrumental in mobilising and re-organising the local CPI(M) support base, which was demoralised due to recurring violence perpetrated by Maoists and the killing of more than 40 CPI(M) workers in the past three months.

Police sources said that both were abducted by a group of armed men, suspected to be Maoists, late on Wednesday when they were attending a party meeting at the Harimara village.

Their bodies, bearing marks of bullet injuries, were found inside a forest adjacent to the village on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the identity of the three CPI(M) cadres injured in the exchange of fire between Maoists and CPI(M) cadres at Inayatpur on Monday remained unknown with the district CPI(M) and the police remaining tight-lipped on the matter. The Inayatpur incident was the first of its kind in the region where Maoists had to retreat after a heavy retaliation by the CPI(M) cadres.