Thursday, June 18, 2009

WB govt rules out Maoist leader's demand for apology

Published by: Noor Khan
Published: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 at 16:28 ISTF Prev Next LKolkata, Jun 18 : The West Bengal government today ruled out the demand for apology made by Maoist leader Kisanji for 'atrocities' on the tribals at Lalgarh and blamed the ultras for bloodshed and violence in restive West Midnapore district.

"There is no question of apologising to Maoists who have committed murder and indulged in violence at Lalgarh and other areas. Why should we accept such a demand?" state Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters here.

Stating that the government was never averse to talks with tribals, the chief secretary said that efforts were made in the past for discussions.

"The administration has kept its door open for talks with the tribals for return of peace," he said.

In an interview to a Bengali TV channel, Kisanji, known as Koteswar Rao, demanded an apology by the state government and the Centre for 'atrocities' committed on the tribals over the years.

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