Naxals step into Kodagu

Madikeri: For the first time, a group of four suspected naxalites belonging to CPI (Maoists) were spotted in the hilly district of Kodagu tonight when they came to a remote village and sought the people for food.

Police said the naxals, which included a woman, supposedly came from the other side of Pushpagiri mountain range from Dakshina Kannada district, which is just 15 km away.

So far the naxalites, through in small numbers in Karnataka, are known for the presence in the forest area coming under the Western Ghats in DK, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga and Hassan districts. The anti naxal force of the state police had turned on the heat on them by taking up intense combing operations in these districts in the recent months forcing them to look for newer hideouts.

The foursome came to the house of one Kannikanda Palangappa Kalur village and demanded rice, jaggery, chilly powder and dal.

They told the villagers that they belong to ‘Janapara Sangatane’ and they are fifghting for their cause. They told that they will visit them again with pamplets and asked them not to disclose this to anyone, police said.

Police team led by DySP Rajiv Mang, Sub-Inspector Srikanth visited Kalur along with Armed Police force and spoke to the families. The DySP told reporters over telephone that the police team had begun combing operations in the area.

SP Manjunath Annigeri informed the Naxal combing team from Karkala in DK district will arrive in Kodagu tomorrow.

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