Angry mob attacks police over arrest of Maoists
Live Punjab News Service
Kolkata -- An angry mob hurled stones at the police in West Bengal's West Midnapore district Friday over the arrest of three hardcore Maoists, leaving some policemen injured.
The police had to fire 20 rounds in the air when the mob attempted to free the rebels arrested in the morning in Belpahari area.
One of the arrested Maoists - Nirmal Mahato - is a key suspect in a recent blast, police said. They said many important documents were recovered from another arrested, Jamini Mahato. The third arrested Maoist is Jugalkishore Mahato.
Police were looking for Nirmal Mahato particularly for his alleged involvement in blasts and attacking senior policemen.
On Jan 9, a group of Maoists raided a village in Belpahari and shot dead a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader.
In November last year, around 80 Maoists had torched eight vehicles and fired several rounds in a village under Belpahari.
In September last year, the rebels gunned down Anil Mahato, the local committee secretary of CPI-M at Shilda in the area, and his guard Dinesh Baskey.
In the same month, at least two policemen were killed and several others, including photo journalists and senior cops, seriously injured when a landmine planted by the Maoists exploded in Lalgarh area of the district.