KARNATAKA

Police probing activities of extremist group: Kharge

GULBARGA Sept. 6. The Home Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, said today that police had launched an investigation into the reported activities of a Naxalite group in the forests and plantations of Chikmagalur district.

He told presspersons here that he did not want to jump to any conclusion about the identity of the group or whether it was associated with Naxalite groups operating elsewhere in the country. Police were investigating reports that an extremist group was active in the forests in Koppa, Sringeri, Mudigere, and some plantations in the district, and had come across a diary of one of the members of the group that contained extremist ideas.

Our Chikmagalur Correspondent writes:

With the arrest of a suspected Naxalite, Jaya, in Koppa on Friday, police have confirmed the activities of the People's War Group (PWG) in and around Kudremukh. After obtaining anticipatory bail, Jaya surrendered before the Deputy Superintendent of Police at Koppa on the court's direction.

Bijay Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police, told presspersons here today that five armed persons, who visited a house in Kudremukh a month ago, opened fire at police and forest personnel who went there for investigation. Before escaping from the house, they left behind some articles, including pamphlets, confirming their allegiance to the PWG.

Mr. Singh said the group stayed in a house in the same area in December last year. Cheeramma of Nonesinakudige was injured in the leg when a weapon was accidentally fired the next day. She was admitted to hospital.

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