Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Rural rebel fighters on the move

RURAL rebel fighters in India appear to be moving into new territory, sending authorities into a state of panic.

The Deccan Chronicle reports: "For the first time, Mysore dis­trict is in danger of becoming part of the Red Corridor—a term used to describe the land stretch from Bihar to Karnataka where the left-wing extre­mists have a presence."

And The Times of India says: "The Anti-Naxal Force, the elite commando force fighting Maoists in Karnataka, is extending its area of operation to Mysore district following apprehension that Naxals could extend their base to forested areas in Mysore and Chamarajnagar.

"After sighting of Naxals in Kodagu forests, the ANF on Sunday moved its commandos to rural Mysore, which the senior police officials described as preventive measure. The ANF is opening a temporary camp at Beemanakolli in Heggadadevenakote taluk, one of the most backward taluks in Karnataka.

"Though the combing operations were planned to start on Sunday, it was put off. The ANF commandos are likely to start the groundwork from Monday and scan the forested areas, particularly those pockets that forms border with Kerala.

"The 100-plus force is stationed at Beechanahalli in H D Kote where ANF held a joint meeting with Mysore district police and forest officials. A joint meeting of the cops from Kerala and Tamil Nadu too was held for better coordination. The ANF commandant Vasudeva Murthy has arrived to chalk out strategy. Mysore SP R Dileep visited the area."