Maoists unleash violence in WB, Orissa; reject PC`s talk offer

Maoists unleashed violence in WB killing 5 CRPF men & blowing up a govt office in Orissa on last day of their 48-hour bandh in five states.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 23:09 PM IST

Midnapore: Maoists today unleashed
violence in West Bengal killing five CRPF men and blowing up a
government office in Orissa on the last day of their 48-hour
bandh in five states, spurning Home Minister P Chidambaram`s
offer for talks.

Before the bandh to protest security operations against
them came to an end in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand,
Chhattisgarh and Orissa, the left wing extremists blasted IED
at Lalgarh in Midnapore district killing four CRPF men and
seriously injuring two others, including a Deputy Commandant.
Deputy Commandant Vijay Pal Singh, hailing from Churu
district of Rajasthan, was among the CRPF personnel who lost
their lives in the explosion at Kadasole near Ramgarh in
Lalgarh police station area of West Midnapore district.

The CRPF men had set out from their camp at Goaltore
market to patrol nearby villages and to visit another camp
when the blast took place at Ramgarh, CRPF IG (Eastern Sector)
M Nageswar Rao said here.

The blast left a five-feet deep crater on the road at
Lalgarh which has been a hotbed of Naxal activities in the
last couple of years.

The other deceased have been identified as Head constable
B L Santara, constables D K Samanta, D Ramesh and Rakesh Kumar
while another constable N K Ghosh was injured.

Sources said the personnel were travelling in two
vehicles through the state highway. "As soon as they crossed a
small bridge, the vehicle in the front was blown up," they
said.

Maoists also rejected the peace talks offer by the governemnt of India."The government has initiated violence and should stop the violence first and then we will respond to its call," Kishenji said over phone from an undisclosed location.

Chidambaram had yesterday made a fresh offer to hold talks with the left-wing extremists if they suspend violence even for just 72 hours.

"We want to tell the government and the people that we also don`t have faith in violence, but if the government is arrogant and kills not only us, but the common people mercilessly then we have no other alternative, but to resort to arms," he claimed.

He said the Maoists had given the names of Arundhuti Roy, Kabir Suman and Dr B D Sharma to mediate in talks, but the government had turned down the offer which is also on the basis of the recommendations of the Debabrata Bandopadhyay Committee appointed by the Planning Commission.

He took the responsibility for killing of CRPF personnel at Ramgarh near Lalgarh today and at Dantewada in Chattisgarh on Monday.

On the Dantewada killings he said, "We are very sorry for death of the innocent people, but we request people not to travel with the police in the same vehicle. Our fight is not with the people, but with the government".

In another incident in the district, suspected Maoists
triggered a landmine blast on a railway track near Jhargram,
injuring two drivers of a goods train and leaving the engine
of the freight train damaged.

The engine and windshield of the train were damaged by
the blast which left a two-feet deep crater at the spot.

Several rail sleepers were blown off and the overhead power
cable snapped on both tracks under the impact of the blast.

The incident disrupted train services on the Kharagpur-Tata
Nagar section of South Eastern Railway, which cancelled or
diverted a number of trains.

Normal life came to a standstill in Jungle Mahal areas of
West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts as vehicles
remained off the roads and shops and markets remained closed.

In Orissa, armed ultras stormed the Badigata village in
Malkangiri district in the wee hours and triggered a landmine
explosion to blow up the panchayat office building, police
said.

The bandh affected vehicular movement in Naxal-hit
districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati, Rayagada and
Sundargarh where commercial establishments remained closed.
Other districts were unaffected.

-PTI