| January 31
The Hassan Police conducted combing
operations in villages of Sakleshpur taluk with platoons of the
Karnataka Home Minister K.J. George
said that the Government was giving priority to recruiting Police
personnel in the State.
On talks with the CPI-Maoist,
George said the Government was ready to talk to the CPI-Maoist
if they wished to join the mainstream.
Karnataka State Police and anti-LWEs
force have launched search operations in the forests around Kukke
Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada District after a group of six suspected
CPI-Maoist cadres was spotted.
An inter-State meeting of senior
Police officers from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, along with
forest officials, was held in Mysore (Karnataka) to chalk out
steps to combat the menace of CPI-Maoist, whose cadres are reportedly
active in the border areas of the three States, with focus on
their sightings in Kodagu and Sakleshpur regions in the State
in the recent times.
The Maoists are making efforts
to strengthen its influence in South India, particularly on the
tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, said Minister
of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in Lok Sabha. He
further said Maoist's plans include creating a base on the border
of Kerala and Karnataka.
According to reports prepared
by a senior officer of the MHA the CPI-Maoist is trying hard to
establish new bases on the border of Kerala and Karnataka.
Andhra Pradesh SIB personnel arrested
two cadres of the CPI-Maoist, working for the 'technical team
of the central committee' from Anandappa Layout of Bagalagunte
area in Bangalore of Karnataka. The arrestees were identified
as Kistappa alias Krishna (40), and his wife Laxmi alias
Amrit Paul, IG (Western Range),
said that there was no noticeable Naxal activity in Udupi
District of Karnataka, but intelligence agencies were on the guard.
Answering to a question, he said that there were only about 20
Naxals in the State, as per intelligence reports. Speaking
to presspersons in the District, he said that the State Government
had offered a package for Naxals to surrender. Monetary
assistance would be given to them on a case by case basis after
studying them for six months to a year. There was some Naxal activity
at the tri-junction of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, he said.
Acting on information that some
suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were moving around in the Naxal-affected
villages, the District Police and the Anti-Naxal Force are conducting
combing operations in parts of Sringeri in Chikamgalur District
of Karnataka. The operation, which began on October 10, is expected
to continue for a few more days.
Karnataka Home Minister K.J. George
while addressing media conference in Raichur District said that
negotiations are on to facilitate the surrender of two CPI-Maoist
leaders, Noor Zulfikar alias Sridhar and Sirimane Nagaraj,
who, apparently, want to relinquish their underground lives to
join the mainstream. "The State government has formed a committee
with the Chief Secretary as its president and senior officers
and some civil society individuals as its members. The committee
is exploring the possibility of a smooth surrender of the two
Naxal leaders. The government has no problem if any Naxal activist
wanted to accept, and function under, the Indian Constitution,"
The Dakshina Kannada Police have
sought two platoons of ANF to be posted in Dakshina Kannada District
of Karnataka for quick response in incidences in CPI-Maoist-affected
areas, said SP SD Sharanappa. Talking to reporters on the sidelines
of the monthly SC and ST grievance meet, he said that till the
platoon is posted here, the District Police will use the services
of the existing "Anti-Naxal Squad" (ANS), as an ad hoc measure.
The ANF launched combing operations
in the forests of Sakleshpur taluk in Hassan District of
Karnataka. A team of 21 Police personnel from the Hassan Police
joined hands with the ANF for the operations, which may continue
for three-four days. Ravi D. Channannavar, SP, said that the combing
operation was a routine activity to instill confidence among people
living close to forest areas. "However, it is not based on any
information about movement of suspected Maoists in the region,"
A red alert has been sounded across
the Kerala-Karnataka border near H.D. Kote in Mysore District
as a gang of four armed CPI-Maoist cadres are reportedly waiting
to slip into the State forests to escape the Kerala Police crackdown.
Karnataka Home Minister K.J.?George
while speaking to media persons in Mysore (Karnataka) said the
Karnataka State will have another round of talks with neighbouring
Kerala Government about the action taken in mitigating CPI-Maoist
menace in Kerala.
A banner and pamphlets, allegedly
exhorting tribals and forest-dwellers to celebrate the 10th founding
anniversary of the CPI-Maoist, was found at Kabbinale village
near Hebri in Udupi District of Karnataka.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered before Deputy
Commissioner B.S. Shekarappa and SP R Chetan in Chikkamagaluru
District. Shekarappa said the duo, identified as Sirimane Nagaraj
and Noor Zulfikar, surrendered voluntarily.
Two former Naxals identified as Sirimane Nagaraj
and Noor Zulfikar, who joined the mainstream, were presented before
a court in Koppa in Chikkamagaluru District.