Indian Maoists reject govt talks offer
Maoists rejected talks offer of Indian government and blew up a vehicle killing four security personnel in West Bengal state's West Midnapore district yesterday on the second day of their 48-hour strike called in five states.
Maoist leader Ramanna rejected Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram's offer for talks if Maoists stop violence for 72 hours and said "the government did not believe us when we had responded to the Home Minister's offer earlier."
He also alleged "there is a heavy presence of security forces and their atrocities are continuing".
The Maoists detonated a landmine in Lalgarh area of West Midnapore when eight paramilitary personnel led by Deputy Commandant B L Singh were on patrol in a jeep.
"Four CRPF jawans were killed and two injured in the blast set off by Maoists," M Nageswar Rao, Central Reserve Police Force inspector general of police, Eastern Sector, said.
The impact of the blast was so strong that the jeep was thrown several feet away from the road, in the forest and left a five-feet deep crater.
Maoists had on Monday blown up a bus in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state, killing 35 people, including 14 special police officers.