Kolkata: Maoists have indicated their
willingness for talks with the West Bengal government for
lasting peace in tribal `Junglemahal` area, a human rights
activist engaged in parleys with the Naxals said on Friday.
"There are many stakeholders in Junglemahal who are
willing to talk to the state government... The government has
already initiated some positive steps and is willing to talk
(with the Maoists)," Sujato Bhadra, who was among a six-member
team asked by the state to talk to the Maoists on ceasefire,
told newsmen at the secretariat after briefing Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee about their visit.
Noting that a conducive atmosphere had been created in
Junglemahal area for talks, he said positive response had been
received from the Maoists and the state government.
"The stakeholders there have some legitimate demands
which we informed the state government," Bhadra said.
Asked if the demand was withdrawal of the joint force
in Junglemahal, he said, "There are many demands, like
bringing entire Junglemahal under BPL scheme and ensuring
rural electrification in the region."
The government, he said, had given the team the go
ahead for holding more talks with the Maoists. It would
therefore revisit junglemahal and inform the ultras about the
"Those who called for armed opposition in accordance
with the human rights law are the major stakeholders in
Junglemahal," he said.