Centre cautious on Maoists truce offer

The Union Home Ministry is in touch with WB govt to get a clear picture on Maoists` announcement of "restraining arms".

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry is in touch
with West Bengal government to get a clear picture on Maoists`
announcement of "restraining arms" and is waiting for a formal
communication from the Mamata Banerjee-led dispensation before
taking any view on the offer.

Official sources said the central government is yet to
receive any information from West Bengal government about the
Maoist offer, its terms and conditions, its significance
and whether the announcement was made with the full support of
the CPI(Maoists)`s all powerful Central Committee.

"We have our own view on Maoists truce offer. Let`s see
what the Maoists actually said and what is the opinion of the
state government to it," a source said.

The Home Ministry officials were treading cautiously to
the Maoist offer as it did not have a good experience with
extremists in Andhra Pradesh in the past.

The past experience with naxals in Andhra Pradesh has
forced the Home Ministry officials to be circumspect as they
feel that the announcement has no approval of the
CPI-Maoists`s Central Committee and the all-powerful body has
not taken any decision to go for peace negotiation with the

During the ceasefire period between Andhra Pradesh
government and naxalites in 2004, Maoists had laid a large
number of landmines in their areas of influence, strengthened
the organisation by recruiting new cadres and mobilising
people for their causes through over ground workers.

"We do not want to jump the gun. Let`s wait a few more
days," the source said.