Friday, March 05, 2010

KARNATAKA: Strategy to curb Naxal movement will remain same: DGP

TNN, Mar 3, 2010, 11.34pm IST

UDUPI: The police and ANF will follow the same strategy to annihilate the Naxal movement in Karnataka, said Karnataka DGP Ajay Singh. He was speaking to media persons at the Udupi SP office after visiting Mutlapady area near Hebri, where the Naxal-police encounter was held on Monday.

Singh said the 16 members of the police team were amply rewarded with handsome amount of money and accolades. He conceded that socio-economic problems in these areas is one of the major causes drawing youngsters and others into the Naxal movement. The government will take the necessary measures to implement schemes and projects for the overall development of the area. He said the high level meeting of bureaucrats held in Karkala on February 16 had drawn plans on the same.

Additional chief secretary (home) DGP revenue secretary, forest secretary, DCs of Udupi, DK, Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts and CEOs of zilla panchayths of these districts had also attended the official conglomeration.

Talking about the Naxal movement in the state, Singh said for the last six months the activities have considerably reduced. Though a meeting was organized six months back by Naxals, the effort was futile as things were not favourable to the extremists and they had to abandon it as locals did not support them.

Police acted professionally at the Mutlapady incident, he said. Talking about Hassan and Shimoga, he said the situation has become normal. Ninety-four persons in Shimoga and 61 persons in Hassan were arrested in connection with the incident. Video clippings have helped identify the miscreants.

Regarding the attack on the newspaper office in Mangalore and Udupi, he said the police have a clue who is behind the incident and miscreants would be booked soon. Singh received a memorandum from the Udupi Working Journalists Association.

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