Maoist mayhem: PC writes to WB, Bihar, J'khand CMs

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New Delhi, Feb 20: With the Maoist mayhem continuing at a rapid pace, Home Minister P Chidambaram has written to the Chief Ministers of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal requesting them to come over to Delhi, to seek assurance that the states fully support the Center's plan before endorsing on the inter-state operations against the Naxals.

Briefing the Center's plan to tackle the Maoists menace, Chidambaram in his letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibhu Soren and to their West Bengal counterpart Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said that the Center has come up with “tentative conclusions"  to handle Maoists.

“You will kindly appreciate that before the tentative conclusions are translated into decisions and implemented, it is necessary to be assured that the Governments of both West Bengal and Jharkhand fully endorse the plan," he said in his letter to Buddhadeb which has been accessed by a news agency report.

Sources said Chidambaram has sent the letter to confirm cooperations from the two states, Bihar and Jharkhand, as the Chief Ministers of both the states Nitish Kumar and Shibu Soren had skipped the meeting in Kolkata on Feb 9.

It has been said that plans of the two states have been examined by the Naxal Management Division of the Union Home Ministry and is ready with its response.

Chidambaram is believed to be apprehensive about launching the inter-state operations without clear commitment from the two Chief Ministers.

In his letter to the West Bengal chief Minister, Buddhadeb has been requested him to visit Delhi, after the Jharkhand Chief Minister finalises his date.

West Bengal has recently witnessed the worst Maoists attack. 24 jawans were killed by Maoists from Jharkhand on a police camp (Eastern Frontier Rifles) at Silda in West Midnapore On Feb 15.

Meanwhile, in the same week, 11 villagers in Kodasi Phulwaria village in Jamui District in Bihar.

In Jharkhand, the government had to bow down to the demands of the Maoists to secure the release of its Block Development Officer, Prashant Kumar Layek.

Layek was released on Friday, Feb 19.

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