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Maoists serious on talks if govt stops joint ops

Responding to CM Mamata Banerjee`s ultimatum that they have to choose between talks and killings, the Maoists have said they were serious about peace talks, provided the government has to stop the joint operation against them.



Kolkata: Responding to Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee`s ultimatum that they have to choose between talks and killings, the Maoists have said they were serious about peace talks, provided the government has to stop the joint operation against them.

"We are serious about peace talks and ready for a
ceasefire. We had given specific proposals to the two
interlocutors on our first meeting. But the government has to
stop anti-Maoist operations by the joint forces and show
willingness for peace," CPI (Maoist) leader Akash said in an
open letter to Banerjee.

"If the government is really keen on peace talks and
want to create a congenial atmosphere, it will also have to
neutralise private gangs like Janjagaran Mancha and Bhairav
Bahini," the letter, a copy of which was made available to the
media, said.
The Maoist leader slammed Banerjee for her criticism
of them at Singur recently: "You are speaking against us at
Singur, instead of talking against the Tatas. This sort of
criticism against the CPI (Maoist) and peace talks cannot go
together."

The chief minister had on Monday asked Maoists to
choose between talks and killings, saying "the two can`t go
together".

PTI

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