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Bring monitoring panel into picture: TRS

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, JAN. 16. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has demanded effective use of the services of the monitoring committee to oversee violations of the ceasefire agreement during the peace talks between the Government and naxalites in order to cool down the current tensions.

Spreaking to reporters here on Sunday, the TRS MP, B. Vinod Kumar, and the party chief coordinators -- K. Yadagiri Reddy, S. Madhusudhanachary and B.L. Satish Mahajan -- said the monitoring panel had been completely ignored by the Government. There was ample scope for preventing violence if the committee was empowered to look into complaints of violation of the ceasefire agreement from both sides.

Onus on Government

They said the Government had moral responsibility to see that the ceasefire was implemented. The Government must not insist upon the naxalites to give up arms as a pre-condition to talks.

The talks must go on unconditionally as the whole idea was to disarm the extremists permanently through negotiations. Ultimately, it was up to both sides to ensure that peace was restored as per the wishes of people.

CPI(M) call

Meanwhile, the CPI(M) State Committee called upon both Maoists and Janashakti not to resort to killing of "police informers," as it was being used by the Government as an excuse to impose restrictions.

B.V. Raghavulu, secretary of the party, in a statement issued here, expressed concern over the recent encounters between the Maoists/Janashakti activists and the police in several districts.

These incidents were hindering the law and order process in the state.

He criticised the Government, saying that it was objectionable to resort to encounters even while maintaining that the second round of talks would be held.

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