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No influx of naxalites into Karnataka: Albuquerque

Staff Reporter

Intelligence network being strengthened in border areas

BANGALORE: Director-General and Inspector-General of Police B.N. Albuquerque on Wednesday said there is no large-scale influx of naxalites into the State from Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing presspersons after presenting special group insurance cheques to families of the seven police personnel attached to the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), who were killed by naxalites at Venkatammanahalli in Pavagada taluk this February, he said: "We are on the alert to thwart any attempt by naxalites to enter the State. There are no incidents of naxalites entering the State despite a ban on the Maoists in Andhra Pradesh," he said.

He said the intelligence network in the State has been strengthened, especially in the border areas, after reports that the plan to gun down an MLA from Andhra Pradesh was hatched in Gurmitkal.

"We had information about the movement of naxalites in border areas, but we were not aware that it would take extreme proportions," he said.

Reinforced

"The police stations in border areas have been reinforced and the Anti-Naxalite Force has been stationed there. We are prepared and equipped to deal with any eventuality. Regular night patrolling and nakabandi is on," he said.

Mr. Albuquerque said the Anti-Naxalite Force is also being strengthened.

Mr. Albuquerque said the Police Department has not received any order from the State Government banning naxalites in Karnataka.

When asked about Mr. Dharam Singh announcing recently that naxalite outfits will be banned, he said: "It is for the Government to decide. We have no information on this so far."

Shoot-at-sight

"There is no question of banning armed naxalites because they are in perpetual confrontation with the State Government and the police. It is shoot-at-sight as far as they are concerned. We cannot think of negotiating with naxalites, as such efforts have failed in Andhra Pradesh," he said.

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