The police on Thursday released the sketches of the armed persons reportedly seen in the Nilambur forests. The police suspect them to be Maoists. An Adivasi man, Thampi, had reported seeing two armed persons in the Munderi forests a week ago. Two days later, a woman at Marutha, Kadeeja, had reported meeting three armed persons, including a woman. The armed persons had approached her at her house after midnight seeking food. The police prepared the sketches of three persons reportedly met by Mr. Thampi and Ms. Kadeeja as the latter could not identify the photos of Maoists produced by the Karnataka Police. — Staff Reporter