Maoists to restrict use of arms but with a rider

In a joint statement issued by the interlocutors and the Maoists, the rebels have promised to restrain the use of arms.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2011, 15:25 PM IST

Kolkata: In a joint statement issued by
the interlocutors and the Maoists, the rebels have promised to
restrain the use of arms for one month provided there will be
no joint operation in the area.
The joint statement signed by Sujato Bhadra and Choton
Das - the two interlocutors and Akash - spokesperson of Maoist
state committee said "that if there is no joint operation in
the area then we will restrain arms for one month."

"The government will have to decide whether they will
suspend joint operation for a month and create a congenial
atmosphere for talks," Bhadra told agency.

"The statement was signed on September 3 and there was an
embargo till October 3 and after that the content of the
statement was released to the media," Bhadra said.

When asked about other issues highlighted in the
statement, Bhadra said "If there is any attack on the rebels
by armed groups functioning in the area then the Maoists will
report it to the interlocutors and subsequently it will be
reported to the government," he added.

"The government will have to assure and take every
possible step to decommission these armed forces and that will
help in creating an atmosphere for talks," he added.
When asked whether it was a unilateral decision taken by
the Ultras, Bhadra said "It is never unilateral because if the
government promises to stop joint operation then only the
Maoist will restrain arms but it is positive move which will
provide scope for a dialogue."

PTI