PCAPA Releases List of 44 Murdered by Paramilitaries and Police

Calcutta: The People's Committee Against Police Atrocities has come up with a list claiming that 44 of its supporters have been killed in the past year either in fake encounters by security forces or in attacks by armed CPM cadres in and around Lalgarh.In a four-page booklet, the committee names the dead and mentions their age, address and dates of their "murders".

West Midnapore police chief Manoj Verma said at least 10 of those mentioned were "hardcore Maoists". "Most of the others are wanted Maoists, but we don't know whether they are dead because we have not seen their bodies."

The committee alleged that Aswini Mahato, 33, was in his paddy field in Salboni on November 28 when he was killed. On January 2, the forces allegedly fired at a rally, injured a trio, tied them to a jeep and dragged them to death.

(The Telegraph, 12 February 2010)