Maoists ready for talks and cease-fire

June 23rd, 2009 - 5:51 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi June 23 (ANI): Putting a moderate step a day after the imposition of ban by the central government, the CPI (Maoist) said it is ready for talks and demanded to pull back the forces from Lalgarh.

Speaking to media Gaud Chakraborthy, a spokesperson of the Maoist organisation, expressed his group’s intention to declare ceasefire.

Reacting to this the Union Home Ministry ruled out calling back the forces from the trouble-hit district of West Midnapore in West Bengal.

Meanwhile on the second day of the 48-hour bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) in protest against the police action in Lalgarh, the ultras continued their violent activities in Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand amidst strong presence of the security forces.

The activists of the red brigade blew up a mobile tower and a community centre near Gaya in Bihar, torched the CPM office in Jhargram in West Bengal, and blew up a Panchayat office in Palamu Saridi in Jharkhand.

According to the Bihar police, the red ultras entered Jhikatia village in Aurangabad district around midnight and blew up a community centre using dynamites, no one was hurt in the incident.

In a separate incident, the Maoists blew up a mobile telephone tower belonging to a private mobile company at Kharasi village in Gaya district, close to Bihar - Jharkhand border. They also left notes indicating that, this act was in retaliation to police action in Lalgarh.

Significantly, despite the heavy presence of the forces the Maoists attacked the CPM office in Jhargram town barely 50 kilometres from trouble torn Lalgarh.

These incidents indicate the Maoist’s attempt to show their presence, beyond Lalgarh in West Bengal. (ANI)

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