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Karnataka Timeline 2013



February 19

Karnataka Anti-Naxal Force launched combing operations in the forests in Kodagu District and Kerala boundary, suspecting the presence of a team of six Naxals, chief of ANF, Alok Kumar, said in Madikeri.

February 26

After establishing their bases in rural areas of the country, including some places in Karnataka, CPI-Maoist is trying to move into the urban areas - in line with the objectives of 2007 Urban Perspective Plan (UPP).

May 15

An Anti-Naxal Force trooper was injured in firing by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres during a combing operation in Chikmagalur District.

June 9

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the motorbike of a villager in Shirlu village of Sringeri tehsil in Chikmagalur District, some 5 kms from NH 13, warning him not to support the Government's rehabilitation package for forest dwellers. The attack on the villager, Kempanna is the first incident of its kind in over a year in the region. While Shirlu village has always been known to be sympathetic to the Maoist cause, Kempanna has reportedly been voicing his support for the rehabilitation package of the Government, angering the Maoists.

June 12

Karnataka Home Minister K J George informed the State Legislative Council that LWEs in the State have entered Kodagu and Chamarajanagar Districts, following massive combing operations in 13 tehsils (revenue unit) of Malnad region (Belgaum, Shimoga, Chikkamagaluru, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu and Hassan Districts).

June 15

Irked by reports in a section of the media, Karnataka Home Minister K.J. George said, "We have not declared a war against Naxals …who said so?". Speaking at a special interaction with reporters at the Police Commissioner's office in Bangalore George said that he was unhappy with reports in a section of the media that the State Government has declared a war against left wing extremism. "They [Naxals] are also our people. We will deal with them within the democratic framework. I once again welcome them to come forward for talks. The government is more than willing to discuss issues of development and atrocities against tribal people," he said.

Speaking of the State's plans to wean young and impressionable youth away from Maoist ideologues, George said that the Government wants to recruit young tribal boys and girls for the Police force. He added that 8,000 new recruitments will be made soon.

June 18

The State Government is ready to hold talks with CPI-Maoist and it would welcome any Maoists who wanted to surrender themselves and join the mainstream, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in Bangalore.

Karnataka State Home Minister K.J. George said that the Government would recruit 8,000 Police personnel in 2013. Addressing presspersons after chairing a review meeting on the implementation of development work in naxalite-affected areas, George said that there was a shortage of 19,000 Police personnel as recruitment had not been taken up in the last three or four years.

July 9

CRPF ADGP, South Zone, Raghava has said that Karnataka is much safer than other states as far as Naxal issue is concerned.

July 10

Chikmagalur SP N Shashikumar has said that CPI-Maoist menace in the District could not be checked completely due to lack of co-operation from the people belonging to Maoist-affected regions.

July 12

Karnataka will recruit 8,500 Police Constables before the end of this fiscal year, 2013-14.

September 4

The Karnataka Government have invited Naxalites for talks. "The Karnataka government have invited Naxalites for talks," said State Revenue Minister V. Srinivas Prasad.

September 10

Home Department of Karnataka has initiated a Police recruitment drive to fill up a large part of the existing vacancies and thereafter, augment the strength of the Police which has been static for nearly a decade irrespective of the increase in population.

September 25

After undergoing imprisonment for four years and six months, alleged Naxalite, Horle Saroja (25), was released from Mangalore District Jail after Udupi District and Sessions Court acquitted her in the last of 22 cases she was booked under.

September 28

A team from Karnataka Police arrested an employee of KSRTC at Thamarassery of Kozhikode District of Kerala following suspicion that the person has some links with CPI-Maoist.

November 9

A splinter group of alleged CPI-Maoist set ablaze a van belonging to a former Gram Panchayat member at Kuthlur village, on the fringes of the Kudremukh National Park, in South Kannada District. The group, comprising around 15 people, accused the gram panchayat member, who is an environmental activist, of "aiding the government in displacing the tribal people." The Maoists, all below the age of 30, knocked on the door of Ramachandra Bhat (42), the former gram panchayat member and currently working for the non-governmental organisation, Wild Cane, that seeks to rehabilitate villagers in the national park, and asked him to come out. When he refused, they set fire to a shed and van parked there. They also set fire to a two-wheeler. The Police said the 'Maoists' did this in protest against what they termed as forcible eviction of tribals from the park area.

November 17

A group of suspected CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a forest check-post near Sringeri in Chikmagalur District.

November 20

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the State Government has taken a serious note of the spurt in CPI-Maoist activities in the coastal Districts and directions have been issued to resume full-scale combing operations and increase night patrolling in vulnerable areas. Siddaramaiah reiterated the Government's offer of talks with the Maoists to solve issues raised by them.

November 22

Three southern States - Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala - try to get the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) status from the Centre.

November 25

The CPI-Maoist is making efforts to open a new theatre in south India with movement of armed cadres witnessed in Western Ghats and tri-junction of Tamil Nadu- Kerala-Karnataka, posing a serious security threat to the three States. In an internal communication, MHA has said the CPI-Maoist's efforts in the direction of expanding its organisational base in Western Ghats and the area around the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu-Kerala-Karnataka is discernible.

November 29

Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range) S. Parashivamurthy said there is no CPI-Maoist activity in the four Districts in his range - Bellary, Davangere, Chitradurga and Shimoga. Vigil, however, has been stepped up following reports of Maoist activities in the neighbouring range, he told presspersons.

December 27

Karnataka State Home Minister K.J. George said in Gulbarga that the emissaries - representatives of non-governmental organisations and journalists - who had sought permission to visit the CPI-Maoist cadres operating in the forests of the Malnad region, have returned after holding talks with them.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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