Naxals send open letter to Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata:  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Maoists seem set on a collision course. In an open letter to the chief minister, Maoists have said talks and anti-Maoist operations by joint forces cannot continue simultaneously – a tit for tat reply to Ms Banerjee’s recent statement that talks and Maoist killings cannot continue at the same time.

After assuming power in Bengal, Mamata Banerjee had appointed a committee of interlocutors to mediate with the Maoists. But her recent outburst against Maoists and their angry letter are setting the stage for a face-off.

Since September 20, Maoists have killed at least three people in West Midnapore – two of them Trinamool leaders. The result is an angry outburst by Ms Banerjee telling Maoists to stop the killings.

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