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WB govt ready to negotiate for release of police officer

kolkata Updated: Oct 21, 2009 20:32 IST

The West Bengal government today said it was ready to negotiate with Maoists if there was any concrete proposal from them for the release of an abducted police officer after his family met Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

"The government is ready to hold negotiations with the Maoists if they give any concrete proposal. But all their conditions as told to the media cannot be accepted," Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters.

"We also have to keep in mind that the Maoists shot dead two police officers at the Sankrail police station in cold blood, besides kidnapping the officer-in-charge (Atindranath Dutta)," he said.

"Let us see whether they give any specific proposal," he said.

Earlier DGP Bhupinder Singh said their primary job is to find the kidnapped officer.

"We are doing our duty. Negotiation is not part of our job," he said.

Yesterday, after the storming of the police station, Maoist leader Kishenji had demanded release of all tribal women arrested during anti-Naxal operations in West Midnapore district to free Dutta.

"Our main purpose is to secure the release of the police officer. But how and when we cannot say," Chakraborty said.