‘Talks with Maoists to take place soon’

The "central leadership" of the Maoists has given the go-ahead for a dialogue with the West Bengal government for peace.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2011, 00:16 AM IST

Kolkata: The "central leadership" of the
Maoists has given the go-ahead for a dialogue with the West Bengal government for peace in ultra-hit areas in three
districts, with interlocutors hoping it would take place soon.

"We have spoken to leaders chosen by their highest body
for discussion and they have expressed their opinion approved
by their central leadership," Sujato Bhadra, a government-
appointed interlocutor told reporters after a meeting with
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is taking steps for parleys
with the ultras.
"We had talks with all stakeholders, including the major
armed stakeholder (Maoists) in junglemahal, and they want
peace and have assured that they will restrain use of arms,"
Bhadra, who is among the six-member panel of interlocutors,
said.

Asked when the meeting took place, Bhadra said, "We spoke
to them on August 26, and today somewhere in West Bengal...The
details of the meeting cannot be divulged."

He said the chief minister has been informed about the
meeting between Maoists and interlocutors.
"The government will initiate dialogue at every level to
bring peace in junglemahal," he said.

Asked about the timeframe for the talks, Bhadra said it
would be decided by the government.

"There are still some problems which can be sorted out
when the government and Maoists sit for talks," he said.

PTI