People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 12, 2006
protest programmes expressed the fury and disgust of the mass of the people of
Bengal at the cowardly murder of two CPI(M) workers in the two adjoining ‘red
clay districts of Purulia and Bankura on March 5, 2006.
Maoists killers, armed to the teeth with automatic and semi-automatic weapons,
pounced on Comrade Kartick Singh and Comrade Gatilal Tudu deep into the night.
In each of the incident, the Maoists left leaflets that said that CPI(M)
workers ‘would continued to be killed unless and until they quit the CPI(M)
and join us.’
state secretary, Anil Biswas, has condemned the incidents and has said that come
the polls, such acts of cowardice would be on the rise.
He added to say that the people would resist the armed threat of the
Maoists for poll boycott.
the Purulia incident, the Maoist miscreants raided the house of CPI(M) worker
Bhim Soren at Lalgarh, where Comrade Kartick Singh, a khet
mazdoor, was engaged in a meeting with the nine-member self-help group he
coordinated. Bhim Soren is a member
of the Lalgarh local committee of the CPI(M).
Maoists, who wore dresses resembling Army fatigues, carried automatic weapons
each, and they forced the nine CPI(M) workers inside a vehicle that they had
brought and drove away towards the nearby jungle.
they pulled out the CPI(M) workers, tied them up, threw them to the ground, and
then singled out Comrade Kartick Singh. They
dragged Comrade Kartick to a tree, tied him up to the trunk and after smashing
away at his head and body with gun butts, all the while shouting anti-CPI(M)
slogans, shot him four times, in the chest and then in the head.
Kartick Singh (38) leaves behind his wife, Bidu and two children, Uma aged
seven, and Subhendu aged two.
group of killers that included several Hindi-speaking people, including a woman
who was apparently the leader, had come from across the border from Jharkhand
whence they made good their escape after leaving the area strewn with leaflets
that called upon all CPI(M) workers to ‘quit the Party and to join the
Bankura saw another dastardly Maoists attack.
At the village of Satnala at Barikul, Comrade Gatilal Tudu accompanied by
another CPI(M) worker, Sanjoy Mandi, was going to his hutment when he was
accosted by eight slogan-shouting Maoists who slashed away at him with sharp
weapons. Comrade Gatilal collapsed
in a pool of blood with deep head wounds and died on the spot.
Mandi who attempted to foil the Maoists was felled with deep cuts on the head
and chest. Villagers rushed out on
hearing Mandi’s groans and cries for help, and found that the Maoists had fled
the scene, leaving behind leaflets containing warnings to villagers to ‘quit
the CPI(M) or else.’ Sanjoy Mandi
struggles with death at the Ranibandh hospital in Bankura town.
large turnout at the election rallies organised by the CPI(M) in the past week
must have unnerved the Maoists enough to launch a murderous attack on CPI(M)
workers. Until date, more than 20
CPI(M) workers have been killed by the Maoists in the three western districts of
Midnapore west, Bankura, and Purulia.