Raipur: In response to the appeal made by
the President Pratibha Patil to give up violence and join the
mainstream during her recent visit to Chhattisgarh,
Communist Party of India (Maoist) has demanded that the
central and state forces from naxal-affected areas be
Interestingly, the release issued by the Maoists also
touches upon the issue of corruption, saying government should
act against "scamsters", and "bring back all the black money
in foreign banks" before offering talks.
"We say this to the people of the country -- please tell
the government that before offering peace talks (to Maoists)
it should call off `operation green hunt`, stop training of
army in Bastar and withdraw all military and paramilitary
forces from Maoism-dominated areas," the release says.
Also, the MOUs signed with corporate houses for the
exploitation of natural resources should be scrapped, and land
acquisition processes should be stopped, it says.
If this happens, the "retaliatory violence in
self-defence" will stop the next day, it adds.
The release also alleges that Maoists` spokesperson,
Comrade Azad, was killed in a fake encounter following a
similar offer of talks by the government last year.
The Maoists also criticised the increase in the prices of
petroleum products, stating that the hike is "a form of state
violence" against the poor.