Monday, November 29, 1999

Bengal to rehabilitate Maoists who surrender

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Lalgarh, June 16 (IANS) West Bengal is set to unveil a rehabilitation package for Maoists willing to surrender and return to the mainstream, a senior police official said here Wednesday.The package will have provisions for one-time financial assistance, a monthly stipend and vocational training, West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said.'The state government will announce the package in two-three days,' he said, hours after joint forces deployed in the district to flush out leftwing extremists killed eight of them in a gun battle.Verma appealed to all rebels willing to return to normal life to contact the West Midnapore district administration or personnel of the joint forces.

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