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CPI(M) leader shot dead

Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Nandalal Pal, a zonal committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), was shot dead by suspected Maoists in the Lalgarh area of West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district on Sunday.

12-hour bandh

The CPI(M) has called a 12-hour bandh in the Binpur block on Monday condemning the murder.

The Maoists have a presence in the Lalgarh area — scene of a month-long agitation by a section of the tribal population in November-December 2008 in protest against alleged police atrocities in the region.

The ultras, it is suspected, were behind the agitation that resulted in large parts of the area being virtually cut off from the rest of the district during the agitation.

Condemning the murder, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat said here that the party was being targeted by the Maoists. They were out to create anarchy and stall development in the region, she alleged.

What was worse was that the Opposition parties, either directly or indirectly, were providing shelter to the murderous designs of the Maoists in one way or the other, Ms Karat said.

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