They are at vigil to thwart any attempts to create Naxal support bases in districts like Hassan, Madikeri, Chamarajnagar and Mysore.
Rajvir Prathap Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, told this website’s newspaper that there was no overt extremist activity in the region, including the neighbouring areas of Naxal-affected regions in Hassan and Madikeri districts.
A letter from Naxals found in Halebedu of Hassan district recently ‘‘is act of mischief,’’ he said. At present, the Southern Range police are working on a two-pronged strategy: stop the Naxals from creating a base and insulate districts prone to Naxalism from such influence.
Insulating districts from Naxalism meant creating a strong security chain across the borders. Police are working with the public. Community policing, strengthening of intelligence networks and allied activities with the help of people hold the key, he said .
He slammed former ADGP of Assam Ashok Sahu’s statements on the Naxal activity in the region. Any information given through the public channel needs to be discarded as publicity gimmicks.