Karnataka will not send emissary to Veerappan
Karnataka Chief Minister J H Patel on Tuesday
clarified there was no proposal to send an emissary to
forest brigand Veerappan who has held six people hostage
since October 9.
Media reports to that effect, he said,
The chief minister told newsmen in Bangalore if anyone took the
meet Veerappan, he would be doing so at his own risk.
He said the brigand should accept
the package of nine concessions already announced by the two
states (Karnataka and Tamil Nadu) and surrender before October 25.
If he did not, the governments would
decide on joint action against him in co-operation with the Centre.
Earlier, Patel called upon police personnel to keep a special vigil on
the districts bordering Andhra Pradesh and
Tamil Nadu to ensure that militants like the People's War Group
and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam did not
infiltrate into the state.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister C Byre Gowda, Horticulture Minister D T
Jayakumar and Housing Minister H D Revanna called on
horiticulture scientist Dr Satyabrata Maiti's wife. Maiti is one of the
hostages. They assured her of all help from the
government in securing his release.
Jayakumar told newsmen that the grieved wife was inconsolable
and the couple's six-year-old son was refusing food. Appeals from her
to Veerappan were being broadcast in Kannada and Tamil by the All India
Kannada film actor Ambaresh also appealed to the brigand to
release the hostages.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Philipose Mathai and Director General of
Police T Srinivasulu left for Delhi for consultations with the Centre.