Karnataka Anti-Naxal Force launched
combing operations in the forests in Kodagu District and Kerala
boundary, suspecting the presence of a team of six Naxals, chief
of ANF, Alok Kumar, said in Madikeri.
After establishing their bases
in rural areas of the country, including some places in Karnataka,
CPI-Maoist is trying to move into the urban areas - in line with
the objectives of 2007 Urban Perspective Plan (UPP).
An Anti-Naxal Force trooper was
injured in firing by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres during a combing
operation in Chikmagalur District.
CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the
motorbike of a villager in Shirlu village of Sringeri tehsil
in Chikmagalur District, some 5 kms from NH 13, warning him not
to support the Government's rehabilitation package for forest
dwellers. The attack on the villager, Kempanna is the first incident
of its kind in over a year in the region. While Shirlu village
has always been known to be sympathetic to the Maoist cause, Kempanna
has reportedly been voicing his support for the rehabilitation
package of the Government, angering the Maoists.
Karnataka Home Minister K J George
informed the State Legislative Council that LWEs in the State
have entered Kodagu and Chamarajanagar Districts, following massive
combing operations in 13 tehsils (revenue unit) of Malnad
region (Belgaum, Shimoga, Chikkamagaluru, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu
and Hassan Districts).
Irked by reports in a section
of the media, Karnataka Home Minister K.J. George said, "We have
not declared a war against Naxals …who said so?". Speaking at
a special interaction with reporters at the Police Commissioner's
office in Bangalore George said that he was unhappy with reports
in a section of the media that the State Government has declared
a war against left wing extremism. "They [Naxals] are also our
people. We will deal with them within the democratic framework.
I once again welcome them to come forward for talks. The government
is more than willing to discuss issues of development and atrocities
against tribal people," he said.
Speaking of the State's plans
to wean young and impressionable youth away from Maoist ideologues,
George said that the Government wants to recruit young tribal
boys and girls for the Police force. He added that 8,000 new recruitments
will be made soon.
The State Government is ready
to hold talks with CPI-Maoist and it would welcome any Maoists
who wanted to surrender themselves and join the mainstream, Karnataka
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in Bangalore.
Karnataka State Home Minister
K.J. George said that the Government would recruit 8,000 Police
personnel in 2013. Addressing presspersons after chairing a review
meeting on the implementation of development work in naxalite-affected
areas, George said that there was a shortage of 19,000 Police
personnel as recruitment had not been taken up in the last three
or four years.
CRPF ADGP, South Zone, Raghava
has said that Karnataka is much safer than other states as far
as Naxal issue is concerned.
Chikmagalur SP N Shashikumar has
said that CPI-Maoist menace in the District could not be checked
completely due to lack of co-operation from the people belonging
to Maoist-affected regions.
Karnataka will recruit 8,500 Police
Constables before the end of this fiscal year, 2013-14.
The Karnataka Government have
invited Naxalites for talks. "The Karnataka government have invited
Naxalites for talks," said State Revenue Minister V. Srinivas
Home Department of Karnataka has
initiated a Police recruitment drive to fill up a large part of
the existing vacancies and thereafter, augment the strength of
the Police which has been static for nearly a decade irrespective
of the increase in population.
After undergoing imprisonment
for four years and six months, alleged Naxalite, Horle
Saroja (25), was released from Mangalore District Jail after Udupi
District and Sessions Court acquitted her in the last of 22 cases
she was booked under.
A team from Karnataka Police arrested
an employee of KSRTC at Thamarassery of Kozhikode District of
Kerala following suspicion that the person has some links with
A splinter group of alleged CPI-Maoist
set ablaze a van belonging to a former Gram Panchayat member
at Kuthlur village, on the fringes of the Kudremukh National Park,
in South Kannada District. The group, comprising around 15 people,
accused the gram panchayat member, who is an environmental activist,
of "aiding the government in displacing the tribal people." The
Maoists, all below the age of 30, knocked on the door of Ramachandra
Bhat (42), the former gram panchayat member and currently
working for the non-governmental organisation, Wild Cane, that
seeks to rehabilitate villagers in the national park, and asked
him to come out. When he refused, they set fire to a shed and
van parked there. They also set fire to a two-wheeler. The Police
said the 'Maoists' did this in protest against what they termed
as forcible eviction of tribals from the park area.
A group of suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres attacked a forest check-post near Sringeri in Chikmagalur
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
said the State Government has taken a serious note of the spurt
in CPI-Maoist activities in the coastal Districts and directions
have been issued to resume full-scale combing operations and increase
night patrolling in vulnerable areas. Siddaramaiah reiterated
the Government's offer of talks with the Maoists to solve issues
raised by them.
Three southern States - Karnataka,
Tamil Nadu and Kerala - try to get the Left Wing Extremist (LWE)
status from the Centre.
The CPI-Maoist is making efforts
to open a new theatre in south India with movement of armed cadres
witnessed in Western Ghats and tri-junction of Tamil Nadu- Kerala-Karnataka,
posing a serious security threat to the three States. In an internal
communication, MHA has said the CPI-Maoist's efforts in the direction
of expanding its organisational base in Western Ghats and the
area around the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu-Kerala-Karnataka is
Inspector-General of Police (Eastern
Range) S. Parashivamurthy said there is no CPI-Maoist activity
in the four Districts in his range - Bellary, Davangere, Chitradurga
and Shimoga. Vigil, however, has been stepped up following reports
of Maoist activities in the neighbouring range, he told presspersons.
Karnataka State Home Minister K.J. George said
in Gulbarga that the emissaries - representatives of non-governmental
organisations and journalists - who had sought permission to visit
the CPI-Maoist cadres operating in the forests of the Malnad region,
have returned after holding talks with them.