`Talks process with Maoists to continue in Bengal`

The WB govt-appointed interlocutors said that the dialogue process with Maoists in the Junglemahal area would continue.

Kolkata: The West Bengal government-
appointed interlocutors on Tuesday said that the dialogue process
with Maoists in the Junglemahal area would continue, though
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a seven-day deadline
to the ultras to lay down arms.

"I can only let you know that dialogue process is on and
will be continuing," Sujato Bhadra, one of the interlocutors,
told reporters after an hour-and-a-half meeting with the chief
minister and key cabinet members.

Refusing to answer queries on how the process could go on
following reports of fresh Maoists-joint forces skirmishes and
the ultras trying to spread their base in urban areas, Bhadra
said, "I will not say anything other than what I have already

Asked what transpired at the meeting, he said, "in the
meeting we wanted to know what our role will be in view of the
complexity of the situation. And I can say that we have not
been thrown out."

Asked about the seven-day-deadline given by the chief
minister on October 15 to Maoists, Bhadra said "it is not over
and we have not discussed it."

Cabinet ministers Subroto Mukherjee, Partha Chatterjee,
Purnendu Bose and state chief secretary Samar Ghosh were
present in the meeting.

Besides Bhadra, interlocutors Choton Das, Debasish
Bhattacharya, Kalyan Rudra and Prasun Bhowmick were also
present in the meeting.


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