Within 12 days of the Maoists offering to hold talks with the government, 12 people have lost their lives in 18 incidents of violence across five states. With no respite in Maoist attacks, the government has decided to deploy more paramilitary forces in the Naxal-hit states, including West Bengal and Jharkhand.
After Naxal leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji proposed talks with the Centre, they have killed six people in Bihar, three in Chhattisgarh, six in Jharkhand, two in West Bengal and one in Orissa. “The attacks against security forces and civilians continue unabated and we have no option but to mount offensive against the Naxals,” said a government official.
Last week, Home Minister P. Chidambaram had rejected Kishanji’s offer of talks and a “conditional” ceasefire, saying the government would not accept any “ifs and buts” for talks, but would like the CPI (Maoist) to issue a statement pledging to “abjure violence”.
On Wednesday, the Centre sanctioned one Central Reserve Paramilitary Force (CRPF) battalion each for West Bengal and Jharkhand after the state leadership requested for more forces to deal with the increasing Left-wing violence. The government has already deployed 43 CRPF battalions along with five battalions of the Border Security Force and four battalions of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to take on the Naxals.