"We do not asked them to lay down arms. We are only asking them to halt violence. If they halt violence the Center is ready to pursue talks on their demands, including forest rights, land acquisition, industrialisation and developments," he said
Home Minister said that the Center cannot pursue the State government to talk when their is widespread violence.
"The violence by Naxalites must end. The West Bengal government have a duty to stop this violence. But it can be done only in the atmosphere of peace," he said.
Listing the number of violence involving Maoists, he said that Maoists pose most serious threats to internal security.
"The violence must end. The Central and state Governments have a duty to end violence. It is with that objective that we have made a simple and straight forward appeal to the CPI(Maoist), 'halt the violence'," the Home Minister said.
This is the Home Minister's second appeal to Naxals asking them to abjure violence.