Jharkhand CM urges Maoists to shun violence, says he's ready for talks

Ranchi, Aug.17 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has urged Maoists to shun the path of violence and to come to the table for talks.

Describing Naxalism as a serious challenge during his Independence Day address to the people of the state recently, Soren said Jharkhand is one of the worst Naxal-affected states of the country.

Soren said: "Naxalism is a challenge for our state. We have to work together to solve this problem. I appeal to all the misled youth to lead a normal life. Violence is not a solution to any problem. We are ready to talk with them, but first they have to shun violence."

Human rights activists also believe that dialogue is a must between the government and the Naxals for peace and normalcy in the country.

Sujato Bhadra, a human rights activist, said: "You have to open up a dialogue in a serious manner, then only you can understand that you can bring them in. You can understand the futility of the dialogue or the utility of the dialogue, but only if you open dialogue."

Meanwhile, many misled youth have realized the futility of violence and have laid down arms.

On August 15, fourteen Maoists surrendered before Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil.

They belong to remote and tribal villages in Gadchiroli district and adjoining Chhattisgarh. (ANI)


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