Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, Aug 27, 2005
Google

Karnataka
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements | Entertainment | Features |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

Karnataka - Gulbarga Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Naxals' stay in Gurmitkal gives police a rude jolt

T.V. Sivanandan

Suspected killers of MLA took two houses on rent


  • There were six persons in the group, two of whom were women
  • They said they were Registered Medical Practitioners
  • Purchased two-wheelers with the help of a local mechanic
  • Mechanic identified the two-wheelers abandoned near scene of crime and alerted police

    GULBARGA: Information that some Andhra Pradesh-based naxalites who are alleged to have gunned down Narsi Reddy, an Andhra Pradesh MLA, and eight others on Independence Day in the heart of Narayanpet town had stayed in Gurmitkal town in Gulbarga district for about 20 days prior to the murder has come as an awakening call to the State Government.

    Official sources told The Hindu here on Friday that six persons, including two women, had taken on rent two houses in Gurmitkal, posing as Registered Medical Practitioners and purchased two two-wheelers with the help of a local mechanic.

    In fact, the presence of the alleged killers of the MLA in Gurmitkal prior to their strike in Narayanpet came to the notice of the police after the mechanic alerted them. He had recognised the number plates of the two-wheelers that were found abandoned near the scene of the crime and informed the local police.

    The Karnataka police alerted the Andhra Pradesh police about the naxalites having stayed in Gurmitkal. The Andhra Pradesh police team rushed to Gurmitkal the same day and questioned the mechanic, who identified the alleged killers from the photo files shown by the police.

    The Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka police searched the two houses where the naxalites had stayed but found nothing incriminating; only a few vessels and clothes. The owners of the two houses were also questioned, and they also identified the suspects from their photographs.

    The Karnataka police are now trying to locate the contacts of the naxalites in Gurmitkal, but so far nobody has been picked up for questioning.

    Sources said that the naxalites are thought to have purchased a cellphone and SIM card from Yadgir town. The details are yet to be confirmed.

    The naxalites would leave the houses early in the morning and return late in the evening. Apparently they chose Gurmitkal as a hideout to reconnoitre the area where the slain MLA was to lay the foundation stone for the construction of a road in Narayanpet.

    Narayanpet is just 15 km from Gurmitkal. Sources said the naxalites left the houses in Gurmitkal three or four days prior to the strike saying they were going on a tour.

    The State police have stepped up their vigil in villages bordering Andhra Pradesh and fortified police stations in the border areas.

    The threat perception was obvious in the manner in which security was tightened for the five-day visit of Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh to Gulbarga for his son's wedding. For the first time, the Chief Minister was asked to travel in a bulletproof car during his stay here.

    Printer friendly page  
    Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



    Karnataka

    News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements | Entertainment | Features |
    Advts:
    Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


  • News Update


    The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
    Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

    Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu