Two CRPF men shot dead by ‘Maoists’
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In a revival of Maoist violence in Junglemahal after a year-long lull, two CRPF personnel were shot dead allegedly by the rebels during an encounter in West Bengal's West Midnapore district today.
The two personnel, R L Reddy and Bijoy Mahalakshmi, were fatally injured during the encounter which erupted following a combing operation at Metla forest in Goaltore police station area, Superintendent of Police Sunil Chowdhury said.
They were declared brought dead in hospital, he said.
The police suspected some Maoists were injured in the exchange of fire.
Today's incident was preceded on September 28 by the killing of a Trinamool Congress supporter, Girish Sahis, a resident of Kismat Jambera village who had gone missing a day before.
Around ten Maoists posters claiming responsibility for the murder were recovered from the spot where Sahis was found murdered.
Police sources said some of the posters read: "Trinamool beware, Maoists are still here." Another poster claimed that Maoists will take revenge of Kishenji's death while another claimed that Sahis was punished for working as a 'police informer'.
Since the death of top Naxal leader Kishenji in an encounter in November, 2011, there has been no killing of a Trinamool supporter by the Maoists.
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