Choose between talks, killing: Mamata to Maoists

Giving an ultimatum, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked Maoists to choose between talks and killing.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2011, 21:40 PM IST

Singur (WB): Giving an ultimatum, West
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asked Maoists to
choose between talks and killing, saying `the two can`t go
together`.

Emphasising her government`s desire to hold dialogue
with the Maoists, Banerjee said she had no objection if they
seek more time for talks, but if they kill innocent persons
and then express a desire for talks, she would not agree.

``If you will kill and then want negotiation, the
two cannot go together and you have to decide your way,`` she
said in a stern message to the Maoists at a time when a team
of government-appointed interlocutors are exploring avenues of
holding talks.
Referring to Maoist stand on human rights violation,
she said they had no right to talk about that when they kill
innocent people with their heads and feet bound up with
strings.

``What kind of human rights you follow when you
brutally murder a person? Who has given you the right to kill.
Those who are depriving mothers of their daughters and sons
will have to pay the ultimate price,`` Banerjee told a rally.
The rally was organised on the occasion of the annual
`Singur Divas` to mark the launching of Singur movement by her
party in 2006.

``If the fight was for ideology, I would have bowed
10 times and salute. But if the fight is for loot and killings
and kidnappings and extortion and torture, it cannot be
tolerated,`` she thundered.

Expressing her government`s commitment to safeguard
human rights, she said it was her government which has set up
human rights court.

She said her government would go all out to ensure
development and jobs in Naxal-hit Jangalmahal neglected by the
previous government. ``We will solve Jangalmahal problem.``

PTI