Maoists injure 13 policemen, Maoist supporter shot dead (Lead)

November 4th, 2010 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 4 (IANS) A suspected Maoist supporter was killed and 13 policemen were injured in a clash between Maoists and security personnel in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district early Thursday, police said.

Thirteen policemen who raided a Maoist meeting in Chunapara area in Jhargram sub-division were injured after coming under attack from Maoists armed with bricks and batons.

Police then shot dead a Maoist supporter and injured eight others.

It all began when police raided the area when the Maoists were holding a meeting with villagers, Additional Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar told IANS over telephone.

“Using women and children as a shield, the Maoists attacked the security personnel,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Debbath, officer-in-charge of the Sankrail police station, was thrashed by a mob.

Debnath was rushed to the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital in critical condition. The Maoists looted a few firearms, including an AK-47 of the officer.

A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and shot dead the Maoist supporter.

The Trinamool Congress claimed that the dead man was its supporter.

West Midnapore district party president Pranab Basu accused the police of firing indiscriminately.

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