Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Soren invites Maoists for truce talks

RANCHI: Jharkhand Chief minister Shibu Soren on Sunday gave an open invitation to the Maoists for talks to put and end to the bloodbath.

The invitation was extended by the CM while talking to newsmen at the Jharkhand Armed Police ground here after paying homage to 11 policemen killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists near Burudih dam at Ghatshila in East Singhbhum district on Saturday.

"I want an end to the bloodbath and the government is ready for talks. If the Maoists have any grievance against the system they should come forward for talks. The government will talk with them even if they want to come via any agency of their choice," he said.

. We will have no objection even going via media to ensure peace in the state."
He also announced all possible help to the family members of the policemen killed in the attack. The government has provision for family members of policemen killed in Naxal attack and kin of all the deceased will get the benefits.

Meanwhile, a massive cross border combing operation has been launched by the Jharkhand and West Bengal police. A police team from Jharkhand is being led by East Singhbhum SP Naveen Kumar Singh.

"We are getting all cooperation from the West Bengal police in the combing operation and expect that the Maoists will not escape," said a police officer.
Jharkhand police spokesperson IG SN Pradhan said police have achieved success in the combing operation and one of the Maoists has been nabbed under Nimdih police station area in Saraikela-Kharsawan district after almost two hour long encounter. The extremist, identified as Karan Singh Sardar, was arrested from a place near Chaliama picket.
During the encounter, about 900 to 1,000 ammunition were fired from both sides and the Maoists were forced to retreat. "Combing operations are on and we expect some more success in the days to come," said Pradhan.

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