Daijiworld Media Network - Karkala
Karkala, Mar 1 : Naxal was killed during an encounter with personnel of Anti Naxal Force (ANF) in the dense forest of Mairody, which is 5 kms deep into the wilderness from Mutluppady, near here, on Monday March 1.
The heavily armed personnel of ATF were combing the dense forest in the surrounding areas of Mutluppady, for more than a week, and were they closely monitoring the movements of a group of 10–12 Naxals including 3 women.
Deceased Naxal Vasantha
It is thought that Naxal leader Vikram Gowda was accompanying the group in the jungle when a jeep carrying ATF personnel arrived in the vicinity. The sound of the vehicle’s engine alerted the Naxals causing them to flee.
Then the ATF personnel surrounded the Naxals and an encounter ensured in which a Naxal was killed on the spot on Monday evening while others managed to escape. The deceased has been identified as Vasantha. ATF personnel Rajesh was admitted in a private hospital here following injuries.
It’s also significant that handbills were pasted in the town announcing that the state has announced a reward for informants. The pictures of Naxals and their personal details were also found in the handbills.
ANF superintendent of police Vasudevmurti, when contacted over phone, said that they are conducting an initial inquiry and Western Range IGP Gopal Hosur will arrive at the spot soon. Meanwhile, further details on the encounter will be revealed to the media soon.