Kodagu district is home to many tribals who reside deep inside forests and lead a sustainable life.
In their statement, the surrendered ultras cited disappointment with the 'hollow' Maoist ideology as well as the exploitation of lower-rung cadres by senior Naxal leaders, Dhruv said.
Across Kodagu, the ANF commandos have so far distributed nearly 100 food kits to tribals residing in naxal-hit areas.
A press statement issued in the name of outlawed CPI (Maoist) said that assistant constable Manoj Netam had been killed, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.
The DRG team ran into a group of ultras near Bhandarpal, leading to an exchange of fire that lasted for about an hour, he said.
At a recent meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, it was conveyed to the telecom department in no uncertain terms that these mobile phone towers should remain active.
Personnel belonging to the District Reserve Guard, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the district force were involved in the operation that was launched on May 28.
Three Naxals, who were allegedly involved in triggering an IED blast in February, have been arrested from Chhattisgarh.
Baghel said that several Congress leaders lost their lives after their convoy got attacked by Naxals on May 25, 2013.
According to DIG Sandip Patil, the operation was a huge success for Maharashtra Police and there is a possibility that more Naxals were wiped out in the encounter.
A senior police official said that the gun-fight broke out after Naxals opened fire at a newly set up police camp at Silger in Sukma along the inter- district border.
In a statement on Thursday, the south sub-zonal bureau of CPI (Maoist) asked the Bastar inspector general of police to send 'mediators' to the area where the attacks happened to 'know the reality'.
The outlawed CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday accused the security forces of carrying out drones attacks against their cadre in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, a claim denied by the forces.
'We want the government to inform us about the action it is taking for his release,' Meenu, wife of abducted jawan Rakeshwar Singh Minhas, said in a fervent appeal from the protest site.
In a statement, released by CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Vikalp, the ultras demanded that the government appoint a mediator to secure the safe release of the abducted soldier.