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West Bengal Government & the Maoists Ready to Negotiate on the Hostage Police Officer


As Maoist rebels continued to hold police officer Atindranath Dutta captive, the West Bengal government Wednesday said it was ready to hold negotiations with them if they gave specific proposals as pre-conditions for his release.

'If there are specific proposals, the government is ready to negotiate,' state Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters at the state secretariat Writers' Buildings here.

However, he made it clear that it was not possible for the government to accept every demand of the Left-wing ultras 'in the larger interest'.

'Whatever demands we can meet, we will. And whatever steps are needed to get him freed, we will take,' Chakraborty said.

The Maoists have also indicated that they are ready to negotiate on this issue.

On Tuesday, around 50 Maoists riding motorcycles abducted Dutta, the officer-in-charge of the Sankrail police station in West Midnapore district, at gunpoint from his house and brought him to the police station.

Then the Maoists shot dead sub-inspector Dibakar Bhattacharya and assistant sub-inspector Swapan Roy and looted 19 firearms from the police station before whisking away Dutta to their hideout on a motorcycle.would assist the courts.






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