Thursday, May 06, 2010

Massive combing operations in naxal areas

By Team Mangalorean

Mangalore May 5: The district police and the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) have launched a massive combing operation in the four naxal affected districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalore and Shimoga, IGP (Western Range) Gopal B Hosur said today.

Talking to newsmen here he said the joint operation was launched last Monday as precautionary measure in view of Gram Panchyat elections later this month. The ANF was well equipped with arms, ambulance, bomb disposal squad and sniffer squad, he said. He said during the combing operation, the personnel from both police and the ANF will meet tribal people and conduct meetings to assure them of police protection during polling. They were also appealing the people to come to the polling booths without fear to cast their votes, he added.

Mr Hosur said the combing operations will continue till the elections were over. The police and the ANF personnel had covered the forest areas of naxal affected areas during the combing operation. In Udupi District About 500 personnel, including some policemen took part in the operations mainly centered on Mutlupady, Tingale, Kabbinale and Siddapur regions around Hebri, which are known to be frequented by naxals.

Top officials like Deputy Inspector General of ANF, Amrit Paul, IGP Gopal Hosur, district Superintendent of Police, Praveen Madhukar Pawar, Karkala Dy.SP, Santosh Kumar Shetty camped in Hebri to guide the operations.

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