Nxal attack SHIMOGA, OCT. 16. The zilla panchayat President, Attigunda Chandrasekharappa, said here on Friday that a meeting of the Deputy Commissioner, the Superintendent of Police and members of panchayats would be held in a week to oversee the implementation of development works in the border areas of Tirthahalli, Hosnagar and Sagar taluks in the district where naxalites were suspected to be active. He was speaking at the zilla panchayat meeting on the suspected naxalite activities in certain areas of the district. Raising the issue, Araga Jnanendra, MLA from Tirthahalli, said the naxalite activities would not have assumed such a dimension had it been nipped in the bud. The manner in which the menace had risen in the recent past showed that the some local people had joined hands with them. He said the previous S.M. Krishna Government had announced a Rs. 64-crore package to improve basic amenities in the areas affected by naxalite activities, but the money was not released. He wanted the zilla panchayat to speed up development works in these areas to take the local people into confidence. Mr. Jnanendra said the situation in the naxalite-affected areas had become grim and the local police had been ineffective in curbing the menace. He had written to the Government to overhaul the police setup in the naxalite-affected areas. The intelligence wing of the police had failed to gauge the seriousness of the situation. He said it was unfortunate that an official team headed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Chiranjivi Singh, visited only parts of Chikmagalur to study the development problems in naxalite- affected areas, although a similar situation existed in the neighbouring districts too. He suggested that the team be asked to study the development problems in these areas too. Mir Azeez Ahmed, MLC, sought to know the whereabouts of the suspected naxalite wounded in a recent encounter with the police.