The missing anganwadi worker suspected to have been abducted by Maoists
While a senior Maoist leader was arrested at Barikul in Bankura district of West Bengal late on Friday night, an anganwadi worker went missing from Lalgarh in Paschim Medinipur district the same day and is suspected to have been abducted by Maoists.
The decomposed body of a man was recovered from a well in a forest near Lalgarh on Saturday.
The police suspect it could be a case of political killing.
Acting on a tip-off, Maoist leader Kinkar Pal was arrested from Huangana forest in Barikul region of Bankura district by security forces. A single-barrel gun was recovered from him.
According to the police, Pal's association with the left-wing extremists dates back to 1993 when he was a member of the Maoist Communist Centre; he operated in former Bihar and later Jharkhand.
He has several criminal cases pending against him in Jharkhand.
“He was sent back to West Bengal when the Maoist movement in the State gathered pace in 2008 and was given the charge to mobilise people for joining the Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) in different areas of Bankura. He continues working as a squad member,” Pranav Kumar, Superintendent of Police of Bankura district, said.
Pal has nine cases of murder and arson lodged against him in Ranibandh and Barikul police stations, including the case of attacking the Satnala security camp in January and killing two security personnel.
He was produced in the Khatra court on Saturday and was sent to police custody.
Search operation launched
An anganwadi worker, Sampriti Mahato, went missing from Lalgarh on Friday with her family clueless about her whereabouts.
“The family members lodged a missing complaint at Lalgarh police station on Saturday. The police have launched a search operation for her, as we suspect that she has been abducted by the Maoists, though they have not claimed responsibility,” Manoj Kumar Verma, Superintendent of Police of Paschim Medinipur district, said.