West Bengal government’s attempt to open peace talks with the Maoists came to a virtual end after the ultras withdrew their ceasefire offer made a month ago for lack of communication from the government.
“As there was no official communication to our letter and demands either from you or the government, so the tenure of the agreement ends,” Maoist state secretary Akash in a letter to one of the government-appointed interlocutors said.
The letter, written on October 31, came just a month after an agreement was signed between the Maoists and interolocutors by which they agreed to a ceasefire provided the government suspend the joint forces’ operation for a month.
Alleging the Mamata Banerjee government had failed to live up to expectations, the letter said “we want peace and we have tried our level best to cooperate with the interolocutors and the government.”
“We declared ceasefire unilaterally and the government not only continued with their operation but at the same time decided to recruit 5,000 policemen and informers from Jangalmahal. The state government is trying to create another Salwa Judum (vigilante groups of civilians) in West Bengal,” it said.
The letter alleged the joint forces and Trinamool Congress with its newly formed ‘Bhairab Bahini’ was terrorising the people of the village and said they were still ready for talks but the government would have to give a written recognition to the ‘agreement’.
“We also seek an explanation from the government about its stance and an answer to all our letters. We have nothing new to say”, Akash said in the letter.