No cut in anti-naxal force: Hosur

Police adopts new strategy for search operations

‘People who reject Maoists must be commended'

CHIKMAGALUR: Gopal Hosur, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range), said here on Monday that conditions in the Malnad region of the State were not conducive to the growth of naxalism.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Hosur pointed out that there was no unemployment among agricultural labourers and land owners did not resort to exploitation or cruelty. Most people living in the Malnad area were gentle and peaceful, he added. However, there were no plans to reduce the anti-naxal force.

Mr. Hosur said it was not possible for the police alone to curb naxalism, and people who rejected the Maoists must be commended.

There have been no reports of naxals conducting daylight meetings or extorting money and weapons from landowners. But a lull in naxal activities did not necessarily mean that the naxalites had moved out, he warned.

New strategy

He said the police had changed their strategy of carrying out search operations against the Maoists. At least 1,500 police personnel from the four naxal-affected districts had conducted joint operations.

Infrastructure helps

Development works to create basic facilities, such as roads and bridges, have also helped in distancing people from the naxals.