Mangalore, Apr 12, 2012: Addressing reporters at a press conference held at the office of the Mangalore Police Commissioner, A. R. Infant, the director general of police (DGP) of Karnataka, said that Vittala Malekudiya, a student of mass communications and journalism at Mangalore University, was arrested by the Anti Naxal Force (ANF) because there were evidences against him.
Mr. Infant also said that the police have no reason to arrest anybody without evidence, adding that the ANF arrested Vittala because they had found strong evidence pointing to the fact that the student was involved in Naxal activities. The police watched him for a long time before reaching the conclusion that he has supported Naxals and attended their meetings. His mobile phone history was also checked and it was found that he had connections with Naxals. Simultaneously, Mr. Infant expressed sympathy for Vittala as he is still a student and said that he will take special interest in this case.
Speaking about his visits to ANF camps in Shringeri and Karkala, the DGP said that the ANF is doing an excellent job, adding that it is the job of the police to protect common people in Naxal infested areas and that the very presence of the ANF in these areas have made the people feel confident and protected.
Further, he said that the police department aims to bring back misguided youth into the mainstream, owing to which it has developed the surrender policy. A number of youth have taken advantage of this policy and have surrendered while many more are about to surrender. He spoke of the police department’s plans to rehabilitate these youth and help them become independent, but Naxals involved in criminal activities will be dealt with according to the law.
Responding to a reporter’s query regarding the probe on arms retrieved from Naxal infested zones in Belthangady, Mr. Infant said that the issue is still being investigated and attempts are being made to trace the arms.
Regarding the Panjimogaru double murder case, the DGP said that the investigation is handed over to the CID.