The Centre may be open to talks with Maoists provided they abjure violence but some senior police personnel in Naxal-hit regions feel it is a ruse to regroup and re-arm themselves.
Police personnel in naxal-infested states like Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattigarh believe the truce offer initiated by the Naxals is insincere.
"The top brass of Maoists is controlled by People's War Group (PWG), who were actually trained by LTTE. So, on the lines of a strategic retreat, they are buying time to re-build, equip themselves better, increase their cadres and replenish resources," an Intelligence Bureau source told PTI.
V D Ram, former DGP, Jharkhand, is quite critical of the truce offer.
"Ceasefire talks will never be a welcome step. Naxals want to avoid encounters in the months of February, March and April when trees shed their leaves and it becomes difficult to stay hidden in the hills," he said.
"The Maoists are suffering from a financial crunch since police were able to strangulate their fund supply from businessmen operating in Jhargram in West Bengal, and parts of Bihar and Jharkhand," he added.
An IPS officer in Chhattisgarh says, "Naxals believe in the policy of overthrowing the government. They want talks because in the last 7-8 months, they were under tremendous pressure from the offensive by security forces."
Also, the Special Task Force and intelligence agencies have been successful in creating a human intelligence network which they have used effectively for the arrest of top leaders like Telugu Deepak, he adds.