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BJP welcomes police action

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, FEB. 7. C.T. Ravi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, has appreciated the police action against naxalites on Sunday, which resulted in the death of two of them, and said the police should step up their operations to prevent the naxalites from gaining a firm foothold in the Western Ghats region of the State.

Mr. Ravi, president of the BJP Yuva Morcha, told presspersons here today that unless stern action is taken immediately, the number of naxalites operating in the forests of the State will increase. It is not a social problem as is being made out to be but a case of extremists and anti-nationals shifting their base from Andhra Pradesh to Karnataka.

`Fake encounter'

The convener of Citizens' Initiative for Peace (CIP), V.S. Sridhara, told The Hindu that it suspects that the two naxalites were killed in a fake encounter and one of them, Saketh Rajan, was shot from a close range.

A delegation of the CFP, which called on the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, here today, demanded that one of its representatives should be included in the inquiry committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary that has been asked to inquire into the encounter. The CIP delegation comprised Gauri Lankesh, Editor of Lankesh Patrike; Nagari Babaiah, academic; and H.S. Vasu of Karnataka Vimochana Ranga.

In a memorandum, over 30 writers and intellectuals, including Chandrashekar Patil, president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, U.R. Ananthamurthy, G.S. Shivarudrappa, Baragur Ramachandrappa, D.G. Sagar of the DSS and Siddana Gouda Patil, CPI secretary, have urged the Chief Minister not to deploy the STF.

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