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Maoist violence: Chidambaram writes to CMs

Last Updated: Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 11:42

New Delhi: Concerned over the rising Maoists rampage, Home Minister P Chidambaram has written to
Chief Ministers of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal inviting
them for a meeting in Delhi to be assured that they are "on
the same page" with the Centre before the launch of
inter-state operations against the Naxals.

In letters written to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar and Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibhu Soren, both of whom
skipped a meeting in Kolkata on February 9, and to their West
Bengal counterpart Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Chidambaram has
said that the Central government has reached some "tentative
conclusions" on tackling the menace.

"You will kindly appreciate that before the tentative
conclusions are translated into decisions and implemented, it
is necessary to be assured that the governments of both West
Bengal and Jharkhand fully endorse the plan," he said in his
letter to Bhattacharjee.

West Bengal witnessed the worst attack by Maoists from
Jharkhand on a police camp (Eastern Frontier Rifles) at Silda
in West Midnapore early this week in which 24 jawans were
killed. In the other attack during the week, Maoists killed
11 villagers in Kodasi Phulwaria village in Jamui district in

Sources close to Chidambaram said for the BJP, which
took a tough stand on Naxalism in its National Council meeting
in Indore and is a partner in the governments in Bihar and
Jharkhand, it is an acid test -- whether it will enforce a tough
line or would toe the perceived "soft line" by the dominant
partners in the two states.


First Published: Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 11:42

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