Naxal violence drops in Bengal: Chidambaram

The Centre on Wednesday said Maoist violence has come down significantly in West Bengal and there are suggestions that peace talks can be held with the extremists.

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday said Maoist
violence has come down significantly in West Bengal and there
are suggestions that peace talks can be held with the
extremists.

"The DGP (of West Bengal) told us that the level of
violence has come down to nearly zero. And there are perhaps
suggestions that some kind of talks can take place," Home
Minister P Chidambaram told reporters when asked to comment on
reports about suspension of operations against Naxals there.

Asked who would hold the peace talks, the Home Minister
said "these are suggestions in the air" and nothing much
should be concluded from it.

Chidambaram said it may not be correct to say that
operations against the Maoists have completely stopped in West
Bengal.

"I think intelligence based operations on a very
selective basis are still taking place in West Bengal in
affected areas and arms have been seized," he said.

However, the Home Minister said, according to the
Director General of West Bengal Police these were "very
selective operations".

"As long as there is no violence, I think we should allow
the new government to assess the situation and take a
position," he said.

There have been reports that ever since Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee assumed charge as the Chief
Minister of West Bengal, operations against the Naxals have
been suspended and there was hardly any violence perpetrated
by Maoists in the state.

PTI

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