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‘Withdrawal of forces a must for talks with Maoists’

In an attempt to further the dialogue between the state government and the Naxals in Junglemahal,Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao will arrive in Kolkata on Monday and is expected to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

In an attempt to further the dialogue between the state government and the Naxals in Junglemahal,Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao will arrive in Kolkata on Monday and is expected to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“I will remind the chief minister about the promise she had made before elections. She had then promised to withdraw joint security forces from Junglemahal and release all the political prisoners,” Rao told The Indian Express over phone and added that not much progress has been made in on these fronts by the state government.

He termed the two issues as pre requisite conditions for developing conducive atmosphere for talks with the Maoist. Other conditions like declaration of the ceasefire and lifting up of the ban on CPI(Maoist) are also necessary,he added.

Rao is scheduled to visit West Midnapore,Purulia and Bankura districts affected by the Left wing extemism.

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He said that despite claims of the Chief Minister of withdrawl of forces and release of political prisoners not much has been achieved in this regard.

Rao’s visit comes when the state government has asked human rights activists like Sujato Bhadra to continue their talks with the Maoists.

Bhadra today,however,denied any coordination between his group and Rao over the talks with the Maoists. “If he (Rao) is going to meet the chief minister,he will meet. What relationship it has to do we with us,” he said.

First published on: 19-09-2011 at 02:18:41 am
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