Kolkata:  Even after fifteen days of warning issued by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee to surrender their arms, the Naxalites seem to be unyielding.  Rather, they have issued an open letter to the mediators that they would not surrender their arms for the proposed peace talks.

In the letter addressed to the chief of mediator’s committee, Sujat Bhadr and his colleagues, the Bengal unit head, Aakash, has alleged that that the peace talk proposed by the state government is just a part of the ploy. In a three-page letter, Maoists have put forward thirteen conditions and have also sought a written assurance from the government.

It may be noted that after issuing an ultimatum of seven days to the Maoists, on her tour to West Medinipur on October 15, Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee had met the mediation committee’s head Sujat Bhadr and others. In the meeting, she had cleared that if the Maoists do not surrender arms, the government would be compelled to take stringent actions against them. The mediators had even requested the government to extend the time given to them for peace talks for another fifteen days.

In between, Aakash expressed his wishes through a letter. Meanwhile, Maoists are on a constant upsurge, clearly evident by the recent happenings like, issuing a decree to the people of Jangalmahal to boycott the representatives of the Trinamool Congress, releasing an open letter after an unsuccessful plot to kill Trinamool Congress MP Shubhendru Adhikari and MLA of Shallbani Shrikant Mahto through landmine explosion.

Although with the help of the security forces Shubhendru and Shrikant were saved, from the spot, 300 meter wires, three detonators and an iron container were recovered. Superintendent of Police also admitted that the attempt was made by the Naxalites.

Along with Bheempur and Peerakata located in Jangalmahal region, Naxal-posters have been found, accusing Mamata Banarjee of deceit and asking for the resignations of Trinamool Congress MLAs.


JPN/Bureau