Incident Summary:

09/30/2009: On Wednesday evening, in the Ranjia area of West Midnapore, West Bengal, India, assailants kidnapped three supporters of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). On 10/01/2009, the victims were found shot to death. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The attack took place in the Ranjia area of Midnapore.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Communist Party of India - Marxist
Specific Description Supporters of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Three Political Party Supporters Kidnapped and Killed by Suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist in West Midnapore, West Bengal, India," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 14, 2010.
Indo-Asian News Service, "Three CPI-M Activists Killed by Maoists," LexisNexis Academic, Indo-Asian News Service, September 30, 2009.