The Karnataka DGP Shankar Bidari
said that as many as 100 youth, mostly tribals, from Karkala,
Sringeri, Tirthahalli and Beltangadi regions would be recruited
into the Police to combat CPI-Maoist cadres in the Western Ghats.
The Karnataka Government offered
INR 300,000 solatium to the family of Sadashiva Gowda, who was
allegedly gunned down by the CPI-Maoist in Hebri forests on December
The cadres of the CPI-Maoist engaged
the ANF personnel in an exchange of fire in Barkana Falls region
near Agumbe in Shimoga District. No casualties were reported from
In a letter received by certain
local dailies in Udupi District, a person who claimed himself
to be Vishwa representing the CPI-Maoist, confirmed that they
were involved in the killing of Sadashiva Gowda (50) near Kabbinale
Tingalamatti in Karkala. The letter however, claims that they
had not tortured Gowda as reported by the media.
At the Karnataka State Senior
Police Officers' Annual Meeting, chaired by chief minister D V
Sadananda Gowda, DGP, Shankar M. Bidari said that only 30 cadres
of the CPI-Maoist are operating in the State. "We will ensure
that Karnataka is free of naxals by 2012-end," he said. He also
added that the intelligence network in Maoist- affected areas
had been strengthened and would show results soon.
Speaking at the Karnataka State
Senior Police Officers' Annual Meeting held at the Police chief's
office, Karnataka CM, D.V Sadanand Gowda observed that there was
no co-ordination between the Anti-Maoist Force and the local Police.
"If they work together, better results can be expected. We have
plans to depute young and energetic staff to the ANF," he added.
Home Minister, R. Ashok said that the Maoist activities in the
State were curbed and there was information that supari killers
from Tamil Nadu were operating with the CPI-Maoist.
A gang of CPI-Maoist cadres visited
Nadpal village near Hebri in Udupi District and collected food-
stuffs, grains etc from some houses there. The gang had nine members
including two women.
The Karnataka Government decided
to hire qualified locals on contract basis to fill vacancies in
nine taluks, where there is "Naxal activity", as "fearful"
Government servants transferred there have refused to join.
The CPI-Maoist cadres from Tamil
Nadu have reportedly infiltrated Karnataka and are strengthening
the hands of their comrades in Agumbe region of Udupi District,
according to a recent intelligence report. According to Police
sources, there has been no new recruitment of local people in
the CPI-Maoist in Karnataka. "We have been keeping track of villagers
in the Naxal-affected districts and no one in the last two years
has gone missing or has been abducted by the Maoists," said an
officer from Udupi. On January 6, in a fire exchange between the
ANF and the Maoists in Barkana Falls region near Agumbe in Udupi
District, the ANF for the first time found Maoist literature in
Tamil from the site where the Maoist cadres were camping in the
forest. Till then, the Police believed that a majority of the
Maoist cadres in Karnataka were from the Malekudiya tribe from
the Kudremukh National Park area.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist should
give up their guns as the State Government is ready to rehabilitate
and provide employment to them, said State Home Minister R Ashok
at a function in Mangalore. He remarked, "As guns will not yield
anything, naxals should bid goodbye to arms. The government has
been providing packages to the naxal-affected areas. Considering
this, naxals should surrender." Compared to other states, Maoist
activity is less in Karnataka. Only in some places such as Chikmagalur
and Udupi Districts, are they in operation, he clarified, when
reporters sought to know why the Union Government has not marked
Karnataka as a Maoist affected State.
State Home Minister R Ashoka said
that those CPI-Maoist cadres who want to surrender would be given
a compensation of INR 100,000 and a loan of INR 100,000 from a
co-operative society to ensure they are self-employed. If the
Maoists surrender their weapons, the government will pay the worth
of the weapons to them.
State Home Minister R Ashoka said
that there are 15-20 cadres of CPI-Maoist in Karnataka and a survey
had been taken up to identify their antecedents. The Home minister
added that the State has a unit of 500 Police constables and 80
commandos to combat them. He added that another team of commandos
was undergoing training. Further, he informed that the office
of the head of ANF would be shifted to Karkala from Bangalore.
The Maoists from the neighbouring
Andhra Pradesh and other States often use the Karnataka a hideout.
Karnataka, which claimed to have ended the menace of CPI-Maoist,
has a fresh problem on its hands. CPI-Maoist cadres from Tamil
Nadu have reportedly infiltrated the jungles of the Western Ghats
since January 2012. The ANF, during its routine combing operations,
came across Maoist literature in Tamil Nadu at an abandoned Maoist
camp in Udupi District recently. The Maoists were first spotted
in the State in 1998 in Kudremukh National Park.
The second JMFC court, through
a judgment delivered, absolved six youth, who had been arrested
by Policemen of Doddapet Police Station in Shimoga District in
2009, on charges of being involved with the CPI-Maoist activities.
Anita, Jagannath, Devendrappa, Asha, Gangamma, and Mallesh, had
been arrested on the allegation of being suspected Maoists, and
getting involved with illegal activities.
The Karnataka Rajya ABSS State
convener, P Bharath demanded that journalism student Vittal Malekudiya
and Linganna, who were recently arrested on the charges of abetting
CPI-Maoist, should be released immediately as "the duo did not
The ANF and DP reportedly exchanged
fire with 20 to 25 CPI-Maoist cadres at Mittabagilu in Bolle forest
in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada District during
a combing operation. One Police constable Sadashiva Choudhary
(25) of Jamkhandi taluk in Bagalkot District got injured
in the exchange of fire. The ANF also found 10 separate camps
set up by Maoists, spread over a large uneven patch of land. With
the exception of one or two camps, one camp could not be sighted
from the other. Each camp also contained ammunition and weapons,
including 140 rounds of SLR ammunition, 30 grenades, a U.S. made
auto pistol and a double-barrel rifle.
The ANF recovered literature in
Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The recovered items also
included training manuals, bags, clothes, rations such as rice
and sugar, audio recorder, laptop bag, radio and clothes.
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda
warned stringent action against CPI-Maoist cadres operating in
the Malnad region of the State. Steps would also be taken to provide
basic amenities to people in the Maoist affected areas, Gowda
The Police took into custody a
person named Vijay Kadamane from Kolli village in Belthangady
taluk in Dakshina Kannada District for questioning. They
suspect that Vijay had extended support to CPI-Maoist cadres in
holding programme at Malavantige village.
State Home Minister R. Ashok told
the Karnataka Legislative Council that some Sri Lankans have joined
the CPI-Maoist cadres operating in the five Districts of the State.
As a part of its carrot-and-stick
policy in the fight against the CPI-Maoist cadres in Karnataka,
DGP, A R Infant said the that the Maoist surrender package would
be made more attractive to enable misguided youths rejoin social
LWE is steadily increasing in
the five Districts of Karnataka, Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda
said demanding support from the Centre in training and provision
of infrastructure to tackle it.
The ANF and cadres of the CPI-Maoist
exchanged fire in Panjalbetta of Kuthlur village in Belthangady
taluk in Dakshina Kannada District during routine combing
operations by the ANF. The Maoist group allegedly opened fire
on the ANF team, who retaliated.
The Karnataka Minister for Social
Welfare, Narayana Swamy, said that all efforts would be made by
the State Government to declare Udupi and Dakshina Kannada as
CPI-Maoist free Districts by 2013. Swamy said the Government would
respond to the problems of Dalits in the Maoist affected
areas. This would help the youth in these areas to shun Maoist
influence and join the mainstream.
About 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist
are estimated to be active in the State, according to the Director
General of Police (DGP) A. R. Infant. He said that there were
reports of Maoists from other States [Tamil Nadu] operating in
The DGP handed over various documents
extending benefits under the Maoist rehabilitation programme to
Koranakote Krishna, who surrendered on May 16, 2011.
The Karnataka Government is set
to roll out welfare initiatives to bring people in CPI-Maoist-affected
areas to the mainstream, according to State Home Ministry sources.
"Around 12 villages have been affected by Naxal activities and
the people living in those villages need to be offered facilities-including
connectivity, employment and security-that will help them relate
to the mainstream. All government departments should earmark 10%
of their budgets to the development of villages marked as Naxal-affected
areas," Western range Inspector General of Police Pratap Reddy
State Home Ministry sources said
that it was not possible to tackle a sensitive issue like Naxal
influence on youth with law and order machinery and coercive methods.
Instead, all Government departments, including sports and youth
affairs, must reach out to the people in those areas and launch
public contact programmes. Deputy commissioners of Mangalore,
Udupi and Chikmagalur districts will be given directions to not
wait for the government packages but to use the available funding
and manpower to take up welfare initiatives in Naxal-affected
villages. Villages like Menasinahadya, Eedu, Navuru, Kuthluru
and Naravi are likely to get immediate attention, the sources
The Karnataka High Court rejected
the interim bail plea of Vittala Malekudiya, a student of Mass
Communication of Mangalore University, who has been arrested for
his alleged links with the CPI-Maoist.
Intelligence agencies have warned
Karnataka that the CPI-Maoist cadres are attempting to regroup
in Malnad area benefiting from Police's reluctance to initiate
action against them and growing discontent among the villagers
living close to the thick jungles of the Western Ghat over their
land ownership. The Maoists are giving high priority to increasing
their footfalls in the about 100-kilometre stretch of Malnad area
- comprising seven Districts of Chikmagalur, Shimoga, parts of
Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan and Kodagu - and have deputed
central committee member Kuppu Swami to establish a base and recruit
Swami, who hails from Bangalore,
has been tasked with supervising the expansion plan as he is familiar
with the territory and knows the local dialect. Masquerading under
assumed identities such as Kuppu Devaraj, Ramesh, Rayanna, Balaji,
Jogesh and Yogesh, Kuppu Swami carries a reward of INR 700,000
and INR 1 million announced by Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh Governments
respectively. Intelligence inputs with the SF suggest that the
cadres from neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala are camping in
the Western Ghats along with local Maoists belonging to groups
led by Vikram Gowda, Latha, Mahesh and Sundari.
A team of suspected Maoists were
spotted near Sisila in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada
Following the visit of some Maoists
to a home at Sudegundi in Shishila village in the District, DIG,
ANF, Alok Kumar and other officials visited the region. "Though
the team tried to collect information on the Naxal movement, they
drew a blank," sources said.
A poster seeking support for the
CPI-Maoist was found pasted at a bus stop in a busy place in Karyatadka
near Nidle village in Uppinangady Police Station limits of Dakshin
A team of Naxals were spotted
in the villages of Shiradi region in Puttur taluk of Dakshina
Kannada District. A team of five cadres including four men and
one woman visited a house in Addahole in Shiradi Ghat, requested
for food and borrowed two kilograms of rice, sugar and onions
from the house owner.
News of Naxals' visit to Honnakoppala
and other villages in Kabbinale in Karkala taluk of Udupi
District on June 16 came to light on July 19. Sources said, when
the ANF and the District Police focused their combing operation
in Belthangady taluk, the Naxals seem to have fled from
the taluk and have moved to Karkala taluk.
Letters were addressed to media
houses in Chikmagalur purportedly by one CPI-Maoist state committee
secretary Gangadhar. The letters justified the Naxal team's visit
to Shishila in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada District
on July 10 and said that that they held discussions with the locals
about politics and problems faced by the locals.
A CPI-Maoist camp was found by
the Police at Talavanthakudige near Sringeri in Chikmagalur District
of Karnataka. However, the Maoists managed to escape from the
camp. At the camp site, prepared food, utensils, soup and vegetables
were found. Also, a bag containing Maoist pamphlets were seized.
Police are yet to get any conclusive
evidence about the reported sighting of CPI-Maoist cadres at Kulkunda
near Kukke Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada District on August 31.
A Gram Panchayat member informed the Police on August 31 that
five people, who identified themselves as Maoists, visited a house
in the village. However, when the Police visited the village,
the residents said only some of their relatives had come over.
Anti-Naxal Police fired at a group
of CPI-Maoist cadres at Palligadde in Dakshina Kannada District
but they managed to escape. The Police team was maintaining vigil
on an information that a group of Naxals visited some houses in
the village on August 30 and August 31, a fact confirmed by locals.
It was not known whether any Naxal was injured or whether they
returned the fire.
A suspected cadre of the CPI-Maoist
was killed in an encounter in the forests around Kulkunda, near
Kukke Subramanya, in Dakshina Kannada District. The slain Maoist
was yet to be identified.
After the brief encounter, the
ANF intensified combing operations and unearthed a camp. Though
only a country-made rifle was found at the camp - and a weapon
seized from the slain person - the forces also found pamphlets
about Maoist ideology in Tamil and Kannada.
An increase in the activities
of the CPI-Maoist in Dakshina Kannada District indicated that
the Left Wing Extremists were working towards their plan of creating
a corridor along the Western Ghats from the northern tip to Wayanad
in Kerala, a Police officer, who had served in the region, said.
The Police have identified the
suspected Maoist, who was killed in an exchange of fire in Cheru
Forest in the Dakshina Kannada-Hassan Border on September 4, as
Yellappa alias Dinakar, an area committee member of the
CPI-Maoist. Yellappa, a native of Raichur, had been associated
with the Maoist organisation since 2004. Materials recovered from
the place of encounter showed Yellappa had knowledge of making
improved explosive devices. He might have come to the region in
a capacity of trainer, he said.
ANF personnel and suspected cadres
of the CPI- Maoist reportedly exchanged fire near Kinkeri-Balehalla
in the Kaginahare forests in Sakaleshpur taluk in Hassan
District. The ANF personnel recovered a 20-kg rice bag that was
being carried by the suspected Maoists.
Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar
announced a week-long ceasefire from September 17 in anti-Naxal
operations to facilitate surrender of the CPI-Maoist cadres.
The State Cabinet approved a proposal
to sanction INR 450 million for taking up development works in
nine Naxalite-infested taluks- Pavagada, Tirthahalli, Hosanagara,
Sringeri, Mudigere, Koppa, Karkala, Kundapura and Belthangady
in Karnataka. Each taluk would get INR 50 million. INR 1790 million
project for providing 514 houses to State government officers
in the B and C groups and 171 houses for those in the D group
at the NGEF Factory at Byappanahalli on Old Madras Road has been
approved. Similarly, the Cabinet approved INR 180 million project
to build six-storeyed quarters for providing 60 houses C and D
employees at Kumara Krupa on Crescent Road.
Inaugurating a Police Station
in Amasebailu in Udupi District, Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar
said, "No more extension of the ceasefire, which has already expired.
Naxals have failed to utilise the opportunity given by the government.
The Government had announced a ceasefire of its anti- naxal operations
from September 17 to 23 in the backdrop of reports that some naxals
wanted to surrender. The Government would soon release funds for
implementing the special package announced for Naxal-affected
areas in parts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga.
Eluru Range DIG G. Suryaprakasa
Rao during his visit to the District Police Office in the town
said, there is no Naxalite activity in East and West Godavari
Districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The Anti-Naxal Force of Karnataka
raided a CPI-Maoist camp at Charmadi-Somanakadu forest area in
Mangalore District and arrested an extremist.
Dy. CM R Ashok, who also holds the Home portfolio,
said the Naxal problem in the State is on the wane.