‘No negotiation unless the Left ultras lay down arms’

‘No negotiation unless the Left ultras lay down arms’
Thursday December 28 2006 00:00 IST

Union home cecretary V.K. Duggal addresses the conference of Naxalite-affected states in Bhubaneswar.

BHUBANESWAR: Union Home Secretary V K Duggal on Wednesday said there can be no negotiation with Left wing ultra outfits unless they lay down arms and come forward for talks.

At the two-day coordination committee meeting of the Naxal affected states, which got underway here, he said, negotiation can only be peaceful and Nepal example shows it.

Going by the Andhra Pradesh experience in 2004-05, the signs definitely are not positive and the Union Home Secretary reiterated that. “Arms have to be given up and surrendered first. There can only be peaceful negotiation,” he said adding, Government of India has a policy in place and anybody who wants to surrender is most welcome.

Duggal met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed about issues related to Orissa.

The two-day meet, attended by Chief Secretaries and the Director General of Police of 13 Naxal-affected states, will discuss two different issues.

On Wednesday, Intelligence Bureau (IB) delivered a detailed presentation on the entire Naxal scenario. “The winds of change has been good. The last six months have been a lot better than the previous six months,” Duggal said.

The coordination committee discussed development-related issues on day one. Top officials of Union Panchayati Raj, Home and Rural Development Departments were present. Implementation of development programmes, by Centre as well as state governments, were reviewed.

On Thursday, policing-related issues would be discussed. The Home Secretary said, matters like proposal for setting up a jungle warfare training institute in Orissa, on the lines of Greyhound Institute of Andhra Pradesh, are on the agenda.

Achievements and problems of each state would be reviewed on Thursday. Raising of India Reserve Battalions, progress, requirement of support would also be discussed.

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