Thursday, December 27, 2007

Udupi: ANF intensifies combing operations in village

Udupi Dec 28: The Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) and the Udupi district police have intensified combing operations in and around Thombattu village in the Western Ghats and in the Shankarnarayana police station limits on Thursday, after suspected naxalites visited the village on Wednesday night.

In-charge Superintendent of Police Labhu Ram told The Hindu on Thursday that a group of five naxalites, including two women, visited the shop of Krishnayya Shetty at Thombattu junction between 11.30 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday. They told him (Mr. Shetty) that they would be pasting wall posters and putting up a banner there.

The naxalites pasted wall posters on four shops and on a private bus there, Mr. Ram said.

Mr. Ram said he visited the house of Sheena Naik, where, according to rumours, the naxalites had dinner on Wednesday night.

But Mr. Naik denied any such visit. Combing operations at Thombattu and Shankaranaryana police station limits were going on.

The operations would continue. The Udupi district police had also alerted their Shimoga counterparts after the incident, Mr. Ram said.

According to reports reaching here, the naxalites, through the wall posters, have urged the people not to vote for politicians who had failed to provide basic facilities to Thombattu village. They also urged the people to boycott elections.

Hindu

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