Saturday, June 20, 2009

Suspend operations and hold talks: Maoist leader

Kolkata (PTI): Maoist leader Koteswar Rao on Saturday said the West Bengal overnment should stop the police operation in Lalgarh and hold talks with the people to find a solution to their problems.

"If the Left Front government wants to have discussion with the people of Lalgarh, the operation by the police and security forces against them should end by this afternoon," Rao, a member of the CPI(Maoist), told a TV channel.

"Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee should come to Dalilpur Chak (a place near Lalgarh) and talk to the people.Many of the demands can be met through discussion," Rao, also known as Kishenji, said.

Referring to the ongoing joint operation by the State police and the paramilitary forces, he advised the Left Front government "not to dance to the tune of the Prime Minister or the Union Home Minister".

"If the CPI(M)-led government does not want any bloodshed, it should take a stand on its own," Kishenji said.

Though there was speculation that Kishenji had left for Jharkhand, he claimed that he was present in Lalgarh.

Kishenji said that Friday night's landmine blast at Pirakata bazar was triggered after the people in many villages sent him messages advising that they should not wait any further and strike at the forces.

Asked how the Maoists would resist the security forces, he replied, "I cannot say right now."

The Peoples' Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) had made several demands which needed to be looked into, he said, underlining that they should not be rigid on the demand that the police would have to apologise for "atrocities against the people".

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