'Use guns against Maoists for self protection'

The villagers need not fear about extremists: ANF Commandant

ANF Commandant Alok Kumar has said that the people of Kodagu can make use of the guns which they possess for self protection against the Maoists.

Speaking to presspersons after visiting at Kaloor, where a group of Maoists had visited a house, on Wednesday he said the ANF had intensified combing operations in Dakshina Kannada and Hassan districts. As a result, the Maoists would have entered Kodagu district. The ANF has intensified combing operations in Sullia-Puttur, Bisile Ghat.

“The Maoists are trying to camp in Kodagu. If they continue to trouble the villagers, then people can make use of the guns and other weapons for self-protection,” he said and added that the combing operations will be intensified further. The villagers and the forest department’s help will be sought in nabbing the Maoists.

In the backdrop of combing operations, the extremists are struggling for survival inside the forest. Hence, they are trying to create fear in the minds of the people by shifting their base to new places. They are trying to get the support of the people in Belthangady, Karkala, Sringeri by shifting their base.

The Maoists should stop their activities and surrender before the government. They should try to fulfill their demands legally. He flayed the use of weapons.

The villagers need not fear about the extremists. The police and the ANF have already initiated measures to nab them.

No inconvenience will be met at the public. 

In the meantime, Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah and Minister for Youth Services and Sports Appachu Ranjan have appealed to the extremists to surrender.
Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri and others were present.

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