| January 16
Karnataka State Government is
actively pursuing the release of the surrendered Naxalite-Noor
Pro-CPI-Maoist banners and graffiti
asking people to fight against Kasturirangan report on Western
Ghats and protect the forest ranges appeared in Shedimane village
of Kundapur in Udupi District.
A former Maoist cadre identified
as Noor Zulfikar who was remanded in judicial custody after he
returned to the mainstream on December 9, 2014 was released on
bail in Chikkamagaluru District.
The UMHA has moved a Cabinet note
seeking approval for its new counter- LWE doctrine, which envisages
inclusion of additional districts on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka
junction under the SRE and seeks control of the IAP scheme hitherto
administered by the Planning Commission. The new counter-LWE plan
proposes upgrading of SRE scheme to cover at least half a dozen
new districts located in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka axis,
besides pitching for autonomy to the UMHA to make changes to the
list of SRE items (this now requires Cabinet approval). This comes
amid concerns over growing CPI-Maoist influence in south India,
particularly in certain Districts in North Kerala.
Vittala Malekudiya and his father,
Linganna Malekudiya, have been charged by the Police of having
links with CPI-Maoist. The first hearing on the case - after the
Police filed a charge sheet before the Judicial Magistrate First
Class, Belthangady of Karnataka, on January 30 - was on April
29. Vittala, a journalism degree holder, and his father were arrested
on March 3, 2012 from their house at Kuthlur village in Kudremukh
National Park. The Police accused Vittala of holding meetings
in Kuthlur and distributing pamphlets issued by Maoists. The Police
have charged the two under Section 10 and 13 (3) of the UAPA and
Sections 120 and 120 (b) of the IPC.
Karnataka Home Minister K J George
claimed that the Naxal movement was restricted to just a few pockets
in the State (Karnataka). The State Government would continue
with the Naxal rehabilitation package, he told reporters. He also
appealed to Naxals to join the mainstream of society as the State
Government would act tough against anyone trying to disrupt law
and order. He said "Compared to other states, Maoist activities
in the state (Karnataka) are very minimal." He added, "Barring
one or two stray incidents, no major naxal-related violence has
been reported in the state in the last two years."
Replying to questions, he said
the Chikmagalur deputy commissioner has come to the conclusion
that the killing of cattle trader Kabeer (on April 19, 2014) by
ANF personnel last year was a case of mistaken identity. George
said the department has directed ANF personnel to exercise extreme
restraint in tackling such situations in future.
On the large number of vacancies
of constable posts in the State, George said the recruitment process
of over 8,500 policemen is on. "We have appealed to the chief
minister to grant permission to fill another 8,500 vacant posts
of constables," he said.
Vittala Malekudiya, who has been charge sheeted
by Dakshina Kannada District Police as an alleged CPI-Maoist sympathiser,
is all set to contest in the gram panchayat elections
to be held on May 29.
The Police have intensified combing operations
in CPI-Maoist-affected areas of the Dakshina Kannada District
where Gram Panchayat elections will be held on May 29.
Polling will take place in 227 gram panchayats of which
65 are in Maoist-affected areas. "We are conducting area-domination
exercises to infuse confidence among residents," said SP Sharanappa
The Karnataka State Cabinet has decided to constitute
three anti-Naxal squads on the State borders of Kerala and Tamil
Nadu to check LWE activities.
There is no Naxal activity in Uttara Kannada District,
said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Western Region, Amratpal.
The LWEs tried to enter the District but they could not find any
help, he added.
Karnataka Police arrested a Kerala-based businessman,
identified as Biju TK, in Udupi District for allegedly supplying
explosive materials to CPI-Maoist. The Police recovered more than
50 kg of ammonium nitrate from his farm house in Durga Tellaur