Wednesday, March 03, 2010

We mean business, IG warns Naxals

TNN, Mar 2, 2010, 10.01pm IST

UDUPI: The government will not compromise on wiping out the Naxals from the state. So it would be in their interests to surrender at the earliest, was the message Gopal Hosur, IG (Western Range) had for the Naxals at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Hosur warned those extending support to Naxals by way of logistic support, courier service or supply of food.

Giving details of Monday's encounter near Hebri, Hosur said the powerful 7.62 mm SLR (self-loaded rifle) apprehended from slain Naxal Vasanth Gowdlu, was an Indian-made rife purportedly missing either from the Army, para-military or border forces.

Displaying the SLR to the media, Hosur said alongwith the rifle three magazines were also seized, each with 23 bullets. The Naxalites who fled into the thick forest might be carrying more powerful weapons, he said.

Hosur lauded bravery of Rajesh, the DAR constable, who was injured in the crossfire, and is recuperating at KMC Hospital after an operation.

The slain Vasanth Gowdla was a most-wanted Naxal who was involved in the klling of Bhoja Shetty and Suresh Shetty at Hebri and also in the land bomb case of 2003. He carried a reward of Rs three lakh on his head.

Hosur said the combing operation was done after they were tipped-off. The 16-member team was led by Udupi SP Pravin Kumar and inpectors Putteswamy and Prasad. Within 15 minutes of exchange of gunshots, the police was compelled to shoot Gowdal, Hosur explained.

The informant who passed on the valuable information was rewarded with Rs one lakh. The cops invoved in the operation were also rewarded, the IGP said.

Hosur said the biggest achievement of the police force in the last one year was nabbing 35 Naxal supporters/activists in the Naxal-infested areas like Udupi/Chickmagalur district and added there was no incident of any Naxal- related violence in the area for the last one year.

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