Maoist activists placed in police custody for 12 days

Maoist leaders BG Krishnamurthy and Savitri were taken into custody for 12 days by a local court in Karkala, Udupi district, after being brought before a magistrate on Wednesday.

The two are charged in 13 criminal cases registered in Karkala Rural, Hebri and Ajekar police stations of Udupi district. A police team from Udupi brought them from Chikkamagaluru. Police have been deployed in large numbers to the Karkala court premises.

In November 2021, the National Investigation Agency arrested Krishnamurthy and Kabini Area Commander Dalam Rajith alias Savitri from the area adjoining the border of Karnataka and Kerala. They have been charged in 21 cases related to Maoist activities in Kerala. The Thalassery District and Sessions Court remanded the two men to Viyur Prison in Kerala.

Krishnamurthy from Sringeri and Savitri from Kalasa in Chikkamagaluru District were recently detained by Chikkamagaluru Police for questioning in connection with 30 cases including those registered under the Arms Act and the law on the prevention of illegal activists.

Karkala Police will question the two Maoist leaders in connection with the death of teacher Bhojashetty and Bhojashetty’s relative Suresh Shetty in a Maoist attack in Nadpal on May 15, 2008.

The two will also be questioned over the death during a Maoist attack on farmer Keshava at Hallihole of Kundapur taluk on December 7, 2008. They are believed to be involved in the murder of Sadashiva Shetty at Tinagalamakki near Khabbinal on December 19, 2011 ; in a case involving a death threat made against Kutti Shetty of Mutlupady and also in a case of an explosion which damaged a police vehicle in Muttavu near Hebri.

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