Mamata offers fresh package to Maoists

A day after the fierce gun battle at Lakhanpur jungle in junglemahal between Maoists and joint forces, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to them to give up violence and offered a fresh package.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2011, 16:33 PM IST

Kolkata: A day after the fierce gun
battle at Lakhanpur jungle in junglemahal between Maoists and
joint forces, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
appealed to them to give up violence and offered a fresh
package.

Promising security to Maoists who surrendered,
Banerjee said "We want Maoists to leave the politics of guns
and violence and join the mainstream. Return to a normal life
with your families."

Maoists who laid down arms would receive a fixed
deposit of Rs 1.5 lakh in their names which could be withdrawn
after three years, Banerjee told reporters here.

They would also be entitled to receive a stipend of Rs
2000 per month for 36 months which would be withdrawn after
they received a job, she said.

For arms surrendered, Banerjee said, "depending on the
quality, Maoists will be paid between Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh."

She stressed that it was the responsibility of the
state government to give security, both personal and social,
to those who returned to the mainstream.

On the release of political prisoners, which her
government has promised to do, Banerjee said "The instruction
to release 50 prisoners have been sent, but there are certain
problems on the release of two."

She said that this was being sorted out.
Banerjee also said that the process to give 10,000
jobs in the police to tribal youths, particularly in
junglemahal, has begun.

PTI