The CPI (Maoist) cadres from Tamil Nadu have reportedly infiltrated Karnataka and are strengthening the hands of their comrades here, according to a recent Intelligence report.
On January 6, in a fire exchange between the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) and the Maoists in Barkana Falls region near Agumbe in Udupi district, the ANF, for the first time, found Maoist literature in Tamil from the site where the Naxals were camping in the forest.
“This was the first such instance where Maoist literature in Tamil was found in Karnataka. Till now, the police believed that a majority of the Naxal cadres in Karnataka were from the Malekudiya tribe from the Kudremukh National Park area. This may not be true any more.
“In December 2010, the police had arrested Shekhar (25) alias Ranjith alias Ravi alias Prem – the Madurai area commander of the banned CPI (Maoist) in the Basavanpalu forests in Yedammoge village of Udupi district.
A resident of Kumaramangalam, Pallipattu in Tiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu, Shekhar was reportedly sent to Udupi district to recruit new cadres, impart field-craft training, provide medical assistance to underground members, propagate the Maoist ideology and act as a courier between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu members of the proscribed organization,” an officer added.
According to police sources, there has been no new recruitment of local people in the CPI (Maoist) outfit in Karnataka. “We have been keeping track of villagers in the Naxal-affected districts and no one in the last two years has gone missing or has been abducted by the Maoists,” said an officer from Udupi.