Safety Strengthened at Kodagu-Kerala Border Following Naxal Encounter

Bengaluru: Following an alternate of gunfire between Maoists and the Kerala police close to the Kodagu-Kerala border, safety measures have been stepped within the bordering area, police officers mentioned on Tuesday.

Karnataka police officers mentioned safety measures have been stepped up on the Kodagu-Kerala border to stop potential infiltration by the Maoists. (HT Archives)

The gunfight erupted in close to the border village of Kutta in Virajpet taluk in Kodagu district, police mentioned.

“We’ve stepped up vigilance within the Kodagu-Kerala border to stop potential infiltration by the Maoists,” mentioned Anshu Kumar Srivastav, superintendent of police (Anti-Naxal Pressure).

Alerted by details about the encounter, authorities are involved that wounded Maoists could search refuge within the Kodagu forests. “We’ve alerted villagers within the border areas about potential infiltration by Maoists,” Srivastav mentioned.

“The gunfight in Kerala passed off solely 4-5 km from Kodagu, elevating suspicions of Maoists getting into the world from the Kerala forests. Further armed police have been deployed at checkpoints and autos are being inspected. Hospitals, medical retailers, and homestays alongside the border have been suggested to stay vigilant,” he mentioned.

Kodagu superintendent of police Ok Ramarajan carried out inspections at Birunani, Teralu, Parakatagere, and Kutta, which border Kerala. “Discussions through the inspections centred across the ongoing combing operation by Kerala police,” he mentioned. “Villagers and homestay homeowners in distant areas have been knowledgeable by beat police, particularly after a Maoist crew visited a home in Kannur district final Might,” added Ramarajan.

Through the November 7 encounter, the Kerala ANF recovered a country-made gun and a pistol, together with traces of blood, hinting at Maoists sustaining accidents. “There are suspicions that the injured Maoists could try and enter Karnataka for medical therapy. So drug retailers alongside the border have been put beneath surveillance,” Ramarajan mentioned .

“In response to the extreme gunfire alternate, extra personnel from the state Anti-Naxal Pressure have been deployed alongside the border to bolster safety. A checkpoint has been established on the border, with particular consideration given to hospitals to stop injured Naxals from looking for medical consideration,” the Kodagu SP mentioned.

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