Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.
Yeddyurappa was quoted as saying in his speech at the Chief Ministers'
conference on Internal Security in New Delhi that it has 'almost
eliminated' the CPI-Maoist menace from the State though 'a handful
of Maoists' are still active.
Speaking to media persons, IGP,
Western Range Alok Mohan said that the Naxal activity did prevail
in the western ghat range vicinity in the Udupi District but the
problem was under control because of lack of popular support to
their activity as well as proactive Police vigilance and action.
The CPI-Maoist has a new leader,
Vikram Gowda of Hebri in Karkala Taluk in Udupi District.
Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda
urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to extend Central assistance
- similar to the assistance provided to Andhra Pradesh to tackle
the Naxal menace.
The Sathyamangalam forests that
played host to notorious brigand and sandalwood smuggler Veerappan
is being used by the CPI-Maoist.
Karnataka will soon have a permanent
force to counter the CPI-Maoist threats to the State.
A Police Constable was killed in an encounter
with suspected CPI-Maoist cadres near kalmanja village in Beltangadi
tehsil in Dakshina Kannada District.
The ANF in the State is planning to set up 15
camps to keep a tab on the CPI-Maoist affected areas of the State.
Reacting to the killing of State ANF constable,
Mahadev Mane in an encounter in Beltangadi, State Home Minister,
R. Ashoka said outside elements were involved in the incident.
The surrender and rehabilitation process for the
Naxals in Karnataka, which was inaugurated with much fanfare by
then Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa a year ago, has hit a road
block with the State Government showing little interest in its
CRPF Director General K Vijay Kumar said that
responding to a request Karnataka Government has offered them
land near Khanapur in Belgaum to open jungle traits and counter
The Kuremukh National Park Nagarika Samiti (KNPNS)
said it is prepared to discharge the role as a mediator between
the CPI-Maoist and the Government, if the Maoists are interested
to join the mainstream.
ANF headed by DIG Alok Kumar, stepped up combing
operations in the Naxal-affected areas in Malnad Districts following
the killing of Sadashiva Gowda, a bamboo basket weaver four days
ago [December 26], by the CPI-Maoist cadres in a thick forest
in Thondalkatte near Naadpalu, about 70 kilometres from Udupi.
State Home Minister revealed, "Naxalism in Karnataka
is on the decline as the State government has aggressively and
simultaneously pushed for the combing operations in the Naxal-infested
areas. Naxals who come back to mainstream society are also offered
an attractive rehabilitation package. However, it is feared that
Naxals on contract from neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala are
entering the State to keep the movement alive."