Maoists kill four people in West Bengal

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West Midnapore (West Bengal), May 14 (ANI): Suspected Maoists killed four people in West Bengal's West Midnapore District on Friday.

According to the police the four bodies were found at Jabalpur, near Silda.

The incident occurred during a 24 hours shutdown call given by the Maoists.

The Maoists were protesting the arrest of its four women activists.

The Maoists claim that one Soma was arrested from Jhargram three days ago, but was not produced before a court.

They also alleged that security forces were targeting and harassing innocent people during operations and demanded the immediate release of arrested cadres.

On Tuesday, the Maoists triggered a blast near Salboni damaging a culvert on the road connecting Midnapore to Lalgarh.

The road is one of the two taken by security forces to move between Midnapore town and Lalgarh, the other being via Dherua.

According to police, the Maoists targeted the route in an attempt to block movement of forces.

During, the shutdown, shops, offices and other establishments in the area remained closed because and public transport remained off the roads.

The People's Committee has also announced it will block roads in the tribal-dominated areas in the Jhargram subdivision for an indefinite period. (ANI)

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