Maoists lay down terms for talks
A day after President Pratibha Patil asked Maoists to shun violence and engage in dialogue, the rebels said her proposal was "an attempt to mislead the people".Updated: Jun 26, 2011 23:28 IST
A day after President Pratibha Patil asked Maoists to shun violence and engage in dialogue, the rebels said her proposal was "an attempt to mislead the people".
During her two-day visit to Chhattisgarh capital Raipur on June 24 and June 25, the President had asked Maoists to come forward for dialogue and join the mainstream of society.
In an email to HT in response to the President's appeal, the CPI(Maoists) listed out their terms if they were to be involved in a peace initiative.
"We are prepared to halt the retaliatory violence within 24 hours of acceptance of our demands," read the statement signed by Maoist spokesperson Abhay.
The demands included calling off the anti-Maoist initiative Operation Green Hunt, withdrawal of paramilitary forces from Maoist-affected areas, shutting the army training facility in Bastar, cancellation of all agreements between the government and corporate houses for projects and halting "forcible" land acquisition for them.
The rebels also demanded that corrupt people be brought to book and black money stashed in foreign banks be brought back.
"If the government is prepared to accept these conditions, Maoists will give up arms the very next day," the statement read.
The rebels also announced a "protest week" from July 4 in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa, demanding an immediate shutdown of an army training school that opened in Narayanpur's Abhujmaad a couple of months ago. In a press release, the CPI(Maoists) said they would call upon the people to intensify mass movement against the army deployment in Bastar.
Two BSF men killed in attack
Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel died and three were seriously injured during a shootout with Maoists at Kanker in Bastar region on Sunday.
Kanker superintendent of police Rahul Bhagat said the BSF team was conducting an operation near Koilibeda, around 200 km south of Raipur, when the rebels ambushed them.
A head constable and a constable died.
"The body of a Maoist leader was recovered," said Bhagat.
Eight other guerillas died too, but the rebels managed to remove their bodies.
Another attack took place in Dantewada on Sunday evening. Two policemen were killed and five were injured in a landmine blast on the Kirandul-Palnar road when the attack took place.
First Published: Jun 26, 2011 23:26 IST