West Bengal Maoists offer conditional ceasefire deal

Kolkata:  Maoists and interlocutors appointed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have issued a joint press release saying if the government agrees to stop joint force operations in Junglemahal, in letter and spirit, then, in letter and spirit, Maoists will cease the use of arms for one month.

The press release is signed by CPI (Maoist) West Bengal secretary Akash and interlocutor Sujato Bhadra. Bhadra told NDTV the offer to stop using arms for a month was conditional. The government has to agree to stop joint force operations for a month as a pre-condition.

“We have informed the government about it. Our discussions were positive,” Bhadra said.

This development comes four days after interlocutors met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who told them talks with Maoists can continue but not indefinitely.


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