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Sunday, November 12, 2006

combing operation for naxals


TN borders sealed to check Naxal movement DHARMAPURI: The Dharmapuri District Naxal Special Duty (NSD) wing and Special Task Force (STF) have been jointly conducting combing operations in Hogenakkal forests bordering Tamil Nadu-Karnataka to nab the under ground Naxals and to avert infiltration from the neighbouring States.According to Dharmapuri Superintendent of Police H M Jayaram, in addition to the nabbing work done by the NSD wing, the combing operation was conducted in the forest areas in the last four days.The STF personnel, who had camped in Hogenakkal were also involved in the combing operation. The teams had been jointly conducting operations in Hogenakkal, Ootamalai, Neruppur, Eriyur, Boothippatti, Nagamarai and few other tribal villages in Anjetty forest.The forest borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had been monitored by the STF and intelligence. All the vehicles, which passed through the forest border checkposts, were being searched by the police team. No infiltration was reported till now, the SP said.Jayaram added that the list of hill villages and Naxal-prone villages, where the population had been already enumerated by the NSD wing, were being monitored and also the migrants were verified by the special team at their working and staying places in the neigbouring States.The Naxal-prone villages had been keenly watched to avert any infiltration of the underground and new Naxals from the neighbouring States. The villages had also been extending their cooperation to the government to give information about any strangers. Based on the information, the NSG wing Inspector R Senthil had made an enquiry about their visits.When contacted, the NSD wing inspector Senthil, who was conducting the operation in Perinkattukottai in Marandhalli forests, where the Naxal leader Ravindran was killed in an encounter on January 10, 2000, said that the combing operations would continue till further orders.No sign of infiltration had been noticed by the team as well as the public.The villagers had also been extending their cooperation to nab the Naxals and arrest the infiltration attempt. The forest borders had been sealed mostly. The villagers also could give information to the NSD wing station at (04342) 266199 or Cell: 94439 43418 about the movement of any strangers found in their area, he added.According to sources, at Boothipatti, where the memorial pillar of the Naxals were erected, Perunkattukottai, where Ravindran was killed in an encounter, Dharmapuri Municipal burial ground, where the Naxal second leader Siva alias Parthipan, who was killed in an encounter at Chinnakanakampatti in Uthangarai forest on November 22, 2002, was buried, Ramiyampatti, the native village of under ground Naxal Sundaramurthy, had also been brought under the network of police.

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