Bengaluru sources have stated that according to sources in the police, Mundagaru Latha, Vanajakshi and Angadi Pradeep are the only three active naxals in the State. Vikram Gowda, B.G. Krishnamurthy and a couple of others are said to have moved to Kerala. There have been no reports of any activity by the naxals in the district in the recent days, except the movement of some suspected Maoists in parts of Jayapura, Sringeri and Koppa.
Currently the State government’s policy to rehabilitate left-wing extremists is said to have worked effectively to attract the Maoists to return to the mainstream. While in 2010, four persons accepted the compensation package offered by the government and returned to the mainstream, the last three years have seen nine members giving up the arms’ struggle.
Ms. Kanyakumari and Ms. Suma said the return of some members to the
mainstream through the State-level committee inspired them to approach the
committee and among those who surrendered on Monday, Ms. Kanyakumari, a native
of Mudigere, who has 33 cases pending against her, was remanded in judicial
custody, while two others who had no cases against them were released.
Ms. Kanyakumari said “I joined Save Kudremukh campaign and visited many villages to spread awareness among the public in 2004. I worked with Padmanabh, Devaiah and others in the movement. In 2008, I moved to Bengaluru for health reasons and then married Shivu. Now, I have decided to return to the mainstream and start a new life".