India: Maoists declare West Bengal government’s talk of peace “misleading” and insincere

End of peace talks: Naxal letter to Bengal interlocutors

Madhuparna Das, India Express

October 29 2011
Kolkata–The peace talks between the West Bengal government and CPI (Maoist) have come to an end with the Maoists calling them “misleading and senseless”.

A letter from CPI (Maoist) state secretary Akash to Sujato Bhadra, the leader of the six- member team of interlocutors, says the “peace talks” referred to by Mamata Banerjee government frequently did not make any sense. The state government should stop spreading the misleading news of peace talk being continued, it says.

The letter dated October 26 has been circulated internally in the party and its frontal organisation claimed the state government started operation in Junglemahal from August 24 and it continued till September 30, when the interlocutors purportedly held a meeting with the Maoists. Moreover, the raids and operations have been stepped up after the meeting that was held on September 30.

Addressing Bhadra and other interlocutors, Akash says in the letter, “We have repeatedly informed you and the committee members about the operations of the joint forces and the villages where they raided. We requested you to be vocal in front of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that how the pre-conditions of peace talks are being violated. But you always kept us saying not to do this and not to do that. Why did not you tell the same thing to the state government. Peace talk and operation cannot continue simultaneously and in the name of peace talk, the treachery of Mamata Banerjee will also not continue for long.”

Akash has also denied the charge of conspiring to kill Banerjee and Mukul Roy. “This is a blatant lie. We never planned any such thing otherwise it would not have been leaked. Moreover, there is no question of threatening her MLA Srikanta Mahato.”

Commenting on the death of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Babu Bose, Akash, in the letter, confirmed that Bose was eliminated by them.

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