‘No knowledge about talks with interlocutors’

The central committee of CPI-Maoist on Monday claimed it was not aware of any peace talks being conducted by the West Bengal government through a set of interlocutors.

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2011, 21:08 PM IST

Kolkata: The central committee of CPI-Maoist on Monday claimed it was not aware of any peace talks being
conducted by the West Bengal government through a set of
interlocutors.

"There is a standing order from our politburo and our
secretary Ganapathy that unless the central government accepts
our three demands, there will be no talks with any state or
the Centre," central committee spokesperson Abhay told from an undisclosed location.

On the demands, Abhay said first, the Centre will have
to withdraw joint forces and stop the `Green Hunt` operation,
release all its political prisoners and the party be allowed
to function democratically.

"Unless these demands are met, there is no question of
any kind of peace talk with the Centre or any individual
state," the spokesperson explained.

Asked about another Maoist leader Akash`s three rounds
of peace talks with the interlocutors, Abhay said, "I don`t
know what kind of negotiation he was having with the
interlocutors, but right now the central committee is not
holding any peace talk with the Centre."

To have any peace negotiation go with any state
government, prior approval of the central committee was
needed, the spokesperson asserted.

On Kishenji`s death, Abhay said, "It is a staged
encounter, because we didn`t have any connection with him
since November 20 and there is every possibility that he was
picked up around that time and killed in cold blood."

According to Intelligence sources, Kishenji was last
traced to Kuarabri jungle in the Kandhamal district in Orissa
where three other top Maoist leaders were also present.

In another major development, the interlocutors,
appointed by the West Bengal government, today withdrew from
the peace parleys, citing reasons that the prevailing
situation in `junglemahal` did not merit continuation of the
talks.

Their decision came four days after top Maoist leader
Kishenji was killed in an encounter in West Midnapore.

The six-member team, headed by rights activist Sujato
Bhadra, who had held talks with Akash, had earlier decided to
slow down their efforts after the state government decided to
step up operation by joint forces in junglemahal.

PTI