Kishenji turns down PC’s offer of talks

Refusing to talk, top Maoist leader Kishenji said the government should "first stop violence".

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 22:09 PM IST

Kolkata: Top Maoist leader Kishenji Wednesday turned down Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s conditional
offer of talks saying that the government should "first stop
violence".

"The government has initiated violence and should stop
the violence first and then we will respond to its call,"
Kishenji said over phone from an undisclosed location.

Chidambaram had yesterday made a fresh offer to hold
talks with the left-wing extremists if they suspend violence
even for just 72 hours.

"We want to tell the government and the people that we
also don`t have faith in violence, but if the government is
arrogant and kills not only us, but the common people
mercilessly then we have no other alternative, but to resort
to arms," he claimed.

"Why is Chidambaram resorting to violence and killing
people when Congress president Sonia Gandhi is in favour of
the development model in tribal areas?" he questioned.

He said the Maoists had given the names of Arundhuti Roy,
Kabir Suman and Dr B D Sharma to mediate in talks, but the
government had turned down the offer which is also on the
basis of the recommendations of the Debabrata Bandopadhyay
Committee appointed by the Planning Commission.

He took the responsibility for killing of CRPF personnel
at Ramgarh near Lalgarh today and at Dantewada in Chattisgarh
on Monday.

"This was the last day of our bandh and we congratulate
the people for making it successful," he said.

On the Dantewada killings he said, "We are very sorry for
death of the innocent people, but we request people not to
travel with the police in the same vehicle. Our fight is not
with the people, but with the government".

Calling for observance of a `Black Week` from May 26 to
June 2, he accused the government of selling the country to
multi-nationals and companies in the name of globalisation.

PTI