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No talks with govt: Maoists

Written by: Staff

Abujhmarh (Chhattisgarh), Apr 10: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has ruled out the possibility of talks with the Chhattisgarh government in the near future saying the situation was not conducive.

CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Kosa, who is also Secretary of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, told newspersons at a hideout somewhere in the Daula forest in the remote Abujhmarh region that it was not a ''new thing'' for the government to say that the doors were always open for talks.

It is for the first time in the history of 25-year-old naxalite movement in Bastar region that the Maoists had convened a 'press meet' on April 8 to explain its position on various issues, including the circumstances that led to the recent spurt in violence in the region.

Asked about Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh's reported statement that he was ready to go alone and hold talks with the rebels even at midnight, Kosa said Dr Singh's predecessor Mr Ajit Jogi also used to say the same thing.

''Talks are possible only after all those responsible for the recent problems of Bastar appeared before the peoples' court, apologised and accepted the peoples' verdict'', he added.

Referring to the ongoing anti-naxalite movement 'Salwa Judum' in south Bastar, the rebel leader claimed the campaign was not spontaneous one as was being claimed by the government and mainstream political parties.

Alleging that 'Salwa Judum' was aided and abetted by some vested interests, he claimed it was part of a planned conspiracy to create a rift among the local tribals. Such a situation would only benefit the capitalist forces, which will be able to siphon off the rich natural resources of Bastar, he said.

When asked how Maoists would justify the killing of 27 innocent villagers in a landmine blast at Darbhaguda in February, the Naxalite leader posed a counter question asking ''How many innocent people were killed by us during the last two and a half decades of movement in Bastar?'' As far as Darbhaguda blast is concerned, Kosa claimed, it was necessitated as the people raised the demand for a major action because of the 'atrocities' being committed by 'Salwa Judum' mob.

However, a few innocent villagers might have been killed in the blast, he admitted, ''Our cadre themselves had given first aid to the innocent, who were among the injured,'' he added.

Asked about the blast at Sangam in Kanker district, in which 13 people were killed , the Maoist leader said it was a mistake caused due to failure of our own intelligence network.

''It was an unfortunate incident. The blast was targetted against policemen but local traders were travelling in the jeep. In fact, they were our own supporters. We have decided to extend all possible help to the families of the victims'', he added.

''We have learnt a lesson from this incident and adequate precautions are being taken to further strengthen our information network so as to prevent such recurrence in future'', Kosa added.

Kosa, who spoke in Gondi dialect with the help of an interpreter, dwelt in detail on party ideology arguing that no system could be changed in a peaceful manner.

When asked to point out at least one success achieved ever since the movement began in Bastar , he quipped, ''We have been able to ensure that there are no starvation deaths in our area. The people may not be getting the so-called modern development but we are focusing on people-oriented development, he added.



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