Wednesday, August 29, 2007

TN: Meeting to combat Naxal menace

Wednesday August 29 2007 10:43 IST
ERODE: Top police officers and forest department personnel of Erode and Chamarajanagar held a joint meeting at Hassanur, Thalavadi Hill, on Tuesday on combating Naxal menace in forest areas.

The meeting, the first of its kind in the recent past, is considered crucial as there is increasing threat from the naxals in the south and attempts to intrude into the western ghats across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka.

The meeting discussed means to share intelligence on the movement of Naxalites, prevention of poaching of elephants and tigers, holding joint patrolling exercises, forming village vigilance committees in border areas and tightening the security in the forest areas.
It may be recalled that the Sathyamangalam forest zone touching Erode and Chamarajanagar was, till a few years ago, an asylum for brigand Veerappan and some Tamil ultras.

The Special Task Force is still stationed at the Sathyamangalam forest to monitor the movements of anti-socials.

Coimbatore DIG MN Manjunatha, Karnataka IG RP Sharma, SPs Sonal V Mishra (Erode), B Srikandappa (Chamarajanagar), AG Ponn Manikkavel (TN STF), besides DFOs R Raju ( C h a m a r a j a n a g a r ) , Vijeyendrasingh Malik (Erode), S Ramasubramanian (Sathyamangalam) and M Subramaniam (Sathyamangalam DSP) attended the meeting.

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