Purulia (WB): Maoists on Friday killed seven Forward Bloc workers, who were reportedly abducted on Thursday night at Jhalda in Purulia district on the suspicion that they were working as police informers.
All the bodies have been recovered from the nearby forest area. Among the ones killed is also a woman panchayat pradhan of a village.
"Chapala Garai, Tapan Singh Sardar, Kinkar Singh, Rajesh Singh and Gopeswar Mahato were shot dead by armed Maoist cadre at Baghbinda village," Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Chaudhuri said.
The villagers, who were in the age group of 40 to 50 years, were picked up from their homes at about 2 AM and shot from close range in a field in the hilly village bordering Jharkhand, he said.
Police have found posters left by the Maoists at the spot that claim that the five villagers had been spying for the security personnel.
The bodies have been sent for postmortem.
Meanwhile, Forward Bloc state secretary Ashok Ghosh claimed that seven of their workers were killed by Maoists.
Two Forward Bloc workers, Gobardhan Singh and Arjun Singh Mura, were shot dead by Maoists, he claimed.
Ghosh said Chapala Garai was the pradhan of Darda gram panchayat.
(With inputs from PTI)