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Dialogue possible only if naxalites give up violence, says Home Minister

Police have no intention to kill any one, says Home Minister `Constitutional responsibility of State to maintain law and order'Clarifies that State Government has not raised a `tribal battalion'

NEW DELHI: Home Minister K. Jana Reddy on Saturday said the State Government was still hopeful of renewing talks with the Maoists but added a rider that it was possible only if a congenial atmosphere was created.

Mr. Reddy who was here to attend a meeting on Police Reforms called by the Centre, told correspondents that the Maoists would have to give up violence and arms to create such an atmosphere. He said that the police have no intention to kill any one but it was the constitutional responsibility of the State to maintain law and order.

Jobs for tribal youth

Responding to questions, Mr. Reddy clarified that the State Government had not raised a `tribal battalion' but it had launched a special recruitment drive in Scheduled Areas to recruit police personnel from tribal communities by relaxing some of the parameters, with a view to increasing job opportunities for tribal youth. He further clarified once recruited they would be posted to different battalions.

On recent observations by the High Court on Police establishment, Mr. Reddy said he did not view the development as a conflict with the judiciary and said it was the responsibility of the State Government to implement the orders of the judiciary. He said the State police would do its best to explain the circumstances to the court and would carryout what ever the court directs.

G.O. 610

On the implementation of G.O. 610, Mr. Reddy said that his department was doing so in a phased manner. He said as per the G.O., there were 3,000 personnel in Hyderabad police who need to be transferred to other districts.

Since it would affect the city police if all of them were transferred in one go, the department was doing it in phases.

Replying to a query on the delay in transporting the bodies of Maoists killed in the recent encounter, the Home Minister explained the process, which went into it and said that the terrain of site of encounter was so inaccessible that bodies were to be carried manually for more than 25 km.