Lalgarh firing death toll rises to nine

Kolkata, Jan 16 (PTI) With the death of an injured womanundergoing treatment here, the death toll in the January sevenfiring at a Lalgarh village in West Midnapore district rose tonine today.

Hospital sources said Arati Mondal, who was admitted toSSKM hospital died of her bullet wounds early today.

She was rushed to the hospital here with bullet woundsin the stomach after the firing at Netai village.

All schools in Lalgarh area will remain closed todayas a protest to the killing of innocent villagers at Netai.

Another woman, injured in the firing, Gitali Adak haddied of bullet wounds on Friday.

Seven persons, including two women, were killed and over20 injured in the firing allegedly by CPI-M cadre on a crowdat Netai village in Lalgarh area in Maoist-affected WestMidnapore district.

Governor M K Narayanan described January 7 as a "day ofsorrow and shame" for the state.

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