MADIKERI: A 15-member Anti -Naxal Force (ANF) has continued its combing operations in the thick forests of Pushpagiri. But the operation has slowed down due to rain in the areas. So far, the ANF team has not got any clue about the presence of the Naxalites in the area. The ANF, headed by inspector Venkatasubbaiah from Karkala and sub-inspector Shivamadaiah, is meeting local people to know about the presence of the Naxalites.
The team has continued its operations in Kumbaragadige, Garvale, Kotebetta, Bettadakoppa, Surlabi and Paruhole villages. According to official sources, during the combing operation in the Karkala forest area, a tent erected by the Naxalites was found. A hand written message recovered there also revealed that they are intending to strengthen their organization in Mahadeshwara Hills in Chamarajanagar area.