Kolkata: Maoists have snubbed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s 7-day deadline to lay down arms. Fresh Maoist posters have been found at Salboni in Junglemahal calling Trinamool workers – Jungle Mafia.
They have demanded immediate release of all political prisoners and have said that no talks can take place if joint forces continue to remain in the area.
Mamata had issued a stern warning on Saturday while addressing a rally in Jhargram saying that negotiations and violence cannot go on side-by-side.
Mamata had also accused them of going back on their words, blaming them for the recent killing of two Trinamool Congress workers.
“Maoists have no ideals. They are ‘supari’ killers, jungle mafia. People hate violence. We initiated the peace process. We will continue the negotiations, but you (the rebels) have to lay down arms,” Mamata had said.
Ashok Jiban, Spokesperson Of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities, said, “First we want the withdrawal of the security forces, then we want the unconditional release of all the prisoners and withdrawal of false cases. The Chief Minister of West Bengal made these promises before the elections.”