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The Jharkhand government's package for the Naxalites exposed a lack of awareness of the ground realities, writes VP SHARAN
Hopes of peace in Jharkhand was dashed on 14 April, when the first massacre in the nascent state took place in Hazaribagh, where 15 villagers of Beltu were gunned down by suspected Maoist Communist Centre activists.
The ghastly incident took place within four months of the birth of Jharkhand and a fortnight of the announcement of a package for the Naxalites by Chief Minister Babulal Marandi. The offer had been made to lure them into joining the mainstream.
The Beltu incident was not entirely unexpected, considering that the police administration had been taking the Naxalites for granted. The latter have a presence in almost all the 22 districts.
The local edition of a national, …