STF intensifies operation

ERODE, NOV. 27. The Special Task Force, divided into several groups, today intensified combing operation to nab the forest brigand Veerappan. For the past one week, the personnel had visited various places and installed temporary tents in the forests.

The local armed reserve police and Tamil Nadu Special Police from Coimbatore were deputed for the operation. A

DSP-level officer was leading each team and the three Superintendents of Police, Messrs. Ashok Kumar Das, Sylendra Babu and Periya Ayya, were monitoring the operations.

Mr. Tamil Selvan, DIG and Mr. Balachandran, Inspector General of Police, were visiting various places and inspecting the operations.

Special bomb disposal squad was also deputed for special duty.

The STF erected bunkers in big trees in the forests and were watching the movements of Veerappan. In some important places like Thimbam, Hassanure, Burgur and Thamaraikarai areas, `watch towers' were erected and round-the-clock watch was being maintained from the towers.

Elephants surround STF

When the STF team was camping in the Ramabailure village in the Bhannari forest area, six elephants surrounded them and started trumpeting. The policemen raised a hue and cry. Hearing the alarm, a group of Solaga tribals came to their rescue by scaring away the elephants, beating drums.

Meanwhile, Mr. Govindaraju, one of the abducted persons by Veerappan, came to Dhoddagajanure last evening, with Karnataka police escort. He came in a car to the farm house of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar and stayed there for just 15 minutes and left for Mysore.

It is learnt that Mr. Govindaraju came there to collect the key bunch kept inside the house, prior to his abduction. After collecting it, he went to Mysore where Mrs. Parvathamma, wife of Mr. Rajkumnar, was staying.