Maoists killed two
members of the Communist Party of India-Marxist. The victims Swapan Debsingha
and Tarini Mahato were found near a ditch in the forest area of Memul. Maoists
had abducted them on Sunday night.
Although the state
government had taken initiatives to free the area of Maoists rebels, Maoists
have managed to create panic among the villagers.
The Maoists also
raided a community hall and detonated a landmine and left behind posters
eulogizing their ideology.
Although security forces continue
operations to flush out rebels in villages there, West Midnapore and
neighboring districts of Purulia and Bankura have seen an escalation in maoist
violence since last week.
Minister Manmohan Singh in 2006 described the Maoists -- known in India as
'Naxalites' -- as a "virus" and ranked them along with Islamic
militants as a serious threat to the country's internal security.
New Delhi last
month slapped a formal ban on the Maoists, officially designating the group as
a terrorist organization.