Sunday, December 19, 2004

AP mum on ceasefire; naxal peace talks threatened

Wednesday, December 15 2004 17:18 Hrs (IST) - World Time

Hyderabad: With Andhra Pradesh Government maintaining silence over extending the six-month ceasefire period that expires tomorrow (Dec 16, 2004), uncertainty looms large over the second round of peace talks with naxalites who have hardened their stand and threatened to launch a 'counter-offensive campaign to resist police repression'.

A decision on extending ceasefire would be taken after consulting the Cabinet colleagues, Home Minister K Jana Reddy told reporters in Hyderabad when asked about the demand for extending the ceasefire.

The first phase of the direct talks between Maoists and the Congress Government were held in October during which both sides had kept aside the contentious arms issue and went ahead with the main agenda focussing on land reforms.

However, the Government is now insisting that naxalites give up arms to make the dialogue process meaningful while Maoist parties have firmly ruled out giving up armed struggle and accused the police of resuming combing operations and arrests.

Three top leaders of Communist Party of India-Maoist, including its State Secretary Ramakrishna, called upon their cadre to 'resist police actions' and accused the Government of violating all the provisions of ceasefire agreement and encouraging police to unleash repression.

AP's pact with naxals can be a grave threat: BJP

AP's pact with naxals can be a grave threat: BJP

December 15, 2004

New Delhi: The Opposition BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) today (Dec 15, 2004) alleged in Rajya Sabha that Congress has repeatedly compromised with the Left extremism, which can result in grave threat to the internal security situation in the country.

Participating in the resumed debate on internal security situation, BJP's S S Ahluwalia alleged the Left extremists in India have forged close links with Pakistan's ISI and terror outfit al-Qaeda and the danger posed by them can be huge.

He said though the Andhra Government has opened negotiations with naxalite groups, the Left extremists have repeatedly said talks can be no solution to their goals.

"Home Ministry officials say the pact Congress (Andhra Pradesh Government) has entered into with PWG (Peoples' War Group) for talks is most dangerous," Ahluwalia said.

He said the internal security situation in the country was grave and the Home Minister cannot solve it on his own. "If you like (Home Minister), you can seek the cooperation of the Opposition and form some kind of committee to deal with internal security situation."

Samajwadi Party's Abu Azmi drew attention to the threat posed to internal security by communal elements.

AIADMK's (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) K Malaisamy favoured tough laws to deal with terrorist menace.

N P Durga of TDP (Telugu Desam Party) said the Centre should give one-time grant to States affected by Naxalism so that they can modernise their police force.