Kolkata: The interlocutors appointed by the West Bengal government for talks with the Maoists in Junglemahal have said the rebels are ready for a month-long ceasefire provided that the security forces also suspend operations in the region. 

It should be noted that the joint statement of ceasefire in Junglemahal is purportedly signed between the interlocutor committee and the Maoist leader Akash on September 3. However, the statement came to light on October 3.

Speaking about the Junglemahal-ceasefire during a meeting on Tuesday, members of the interlocutor committee, Sujato Bharda and Chhotan Das, said the Maoists have assured of ceasefire with demand of stopping the operation of security forces against them.

It is worth mentioning that the proposal of ceasefire in Junglemahal by the Maoists has come after the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued warning of stringent operation by security forces against the rebels.

Mamata issued the orders after a Trinamool Congress leader was killed by Maoists in West Midnapore in September.

The CM may announce the final decision on the ceasefire in her visit to Junglemahal on October 15.

(JPN/Bureau)