K'taka committed to curb naxal activities: CM

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Mangalore, Nov 6 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said the State Government was committed to containing growing naxal activities in the Western Ghat sections of Daxina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalore Districts.

The Chief Minister, who was on his way back to Bangalore after a private visit to Taliparamba, 24 km from Kannur in Kerala yesterday where he offered an elephant to the presiding deity Sri Rajarajeshwari, told the media at the Bajpe Airport here, he had already instructed top police officials to take proper steps to control the growing menace of naxal activities.

Home Minister V S Acharya, who held detailed discussions with the top police officials, was also getting periodic information, he said.

On November three as many as seven naxals headed by B G Krishnamurthy entered the house of Local BJP Leader Ranganath in Sringeri Taluk of Chikmagalore and made them participate in a public meeting convened by the group at Mavinakadu Forest Area and sought support for their cause from the locals.

In another incident, the naxals were reported to have assaulted a staff of the Forest Department near Hamza in Madamakki Village in Kundapura Taluk on November three alleging he was an informer.

Responding to a query, he alleged the Centre was meting out 'step motherly treatment' to the State on various issues, including on the present sorry state of the roads, mainly National Highways, in the undivided Daxina Kannada District.

During his discussions with the Minister-in-Charge of Daxina Kannada and Minister for Ports Krishna J Palemar yesterday, he had assured to release funds for the repair of damaged roads in the district and review the decision of nationalisation of routes in Daxina Kannada keeping in view the sentiments of the people of the district and concern of the private bus operators from the undivided district.

To a question, he said implementation of recommendations of Mahajan Commission was the only way out to solve the border issue.

The Cabinet, which would meet today, would discuss all the issues pertaining to Karnataka before taking an all-party delegation to New Delhi to pressurise the Centre on the State's demands.

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