Kolkata: With the West Bengal government
offering to hold talks with Maoists and the ultras responding,
the real problem confronting the mediators is setting up
contact with their top echelons to carry forward the peace
process in the state`s Junglemahal area.
"Though we are receiving communication through different
channels that the Maoists are ready for talks, we are yet to
get in touch with their top leaders," a member of the
committee of mediators formed by the state government said on condition of anonymity.
"Some of them -- Somen, Kanchan and Patitpaban Halder --
are behind bars who have very little touch with the outside
world and the others are elusive. Unless we can get in touch
with them it is impossible to give the initiative of the state
government final shape," the member said.
Social activist Swami Agnivesh said the naxals were
reluctant to establish communication with the authorities
fearing that it might be used as a trap to arrest or
"I tried to communicate with Maoists and they were very
positive, but the security and intelligence agencies entered
the communication network and killed Cherukuri Rajkumar alias
Azad. This was a big blow in the talks process," Agnivesh said.