Three naxals visit homes in Kodagu forests; combing operations begin

Three naxals visit homes in Kodagu forests; combing operations begin

Three naxals visit homes in Kodagu forests; combing operations begin

With the news of three suspected Maoists visiting a few houses at Koinadu on the border of Kodagu-Dakshina Kannada districts on Friday night, the Anti-Naxal Force and district police carried out combing operations inside the forest on Saturday.

Based on the information provided by village residents, two teams under Kodagu SP
P Rajendra Prasad have started combing operations.

The armed men visited the house of Shankarappa on the periphery of the forest at 8 pm on Friday and collected Rs 2,700, rice and chilli powder from the residents. As the news spread, a team led by DySP Sundara Raj and ANF personnel carried out search operations inside the forest.

"They also visited other houses and demanded rice and other ingredients for cooking. When I said there is no rice at home, they gave me money and asked me to get it from a nearby shop. As they threatened me, I obliged. Later, they entered the forest and walked towards Subrahmanya," a resident said.

"They just told us they were Maoists. They threatened us with dire consequences if we inform the police," said residents.

Prasad said, "it is not confirmed whether they were Maoists or poachers."

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