Social activist Swami Agnivesh has urged the State and Central governments to initiate measures for taking up social and economic reforms for the benefit of tribals. He suggested that the governments could hold talks with the Maoists to make them to return to the mainstream.

Reacting to the killing of over 10 Maoists by the police on Tuesday in an encounter in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, he told The Hindu on Wednesday that this type of violence between the Naxals and the police was proving very destructive and the government should do something to put an end to such violence.

He wondered why, though it was nearly a year since 20 innocent villagers including seven children had been killed by security forces in an anti-Maoist operation on June 28, 2012, the judicial inquiry had not commenced. Even the Chhattisgarh government, in a reply to the RTI query posed by him regarding the outcome of the magisterial inquiry into the incident, said it was exempted from sharing the information about the inquiry report, he said.