Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Naveen rules out talks with Maoists

Express News Service
First Published : 09 Feb 2010 06:04:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 09 Feb 2010 12:06:31 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reiterated the State Government’s tough approach towards the Maoists by announcing that there is no question of talks with the ultras till they give up arms. This is for the second time in 10 days that Naveen has ruled out talks with the ultras.
Agreeing with the call given by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that doors for talks with the ultras are open if they surrendered arms and stopped violence, Naveen said that there cannot be any dialogue with them till they did so.
The Chief Minister will attend the meeting convened by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at Kolkata tomorrow to discuss the strategy for the multi-state campaign to be launched against the Maoists. Besides Orissa, Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand will attend the meeting.
However, the increase in Naxalite violence in the northern districts during the last several months has put the State Government in the dock. The Maoists have targeted political leaders particularly of CPM and CITU in Sundargarh district killing at least four persons. The brutal killing of a leader of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) on Saturday has put the spotlight back on the preparedness of the State Government to launch the campaign.
Naveen had demanded five additional battalions of central paramilitary forces to be deployed in the northern districts of the State where the activities of the ultras have become unmanageable.
Besides, he had sought Rs 300 crore for the Vijayawada-Ranchi Highway for its early completion.
Official sources said that most of the demands will again be brought to the notice of Chidambaram at Kolkata.
Orissa is strategically located as it shares borders with four other Naxalite- dominated states. Because of the inadequate security arrangements in the porous borders, it is apprehended that the Red rebels will use the State as a springboard once the multi-state campaign gets underway.

No comments: