Veerappan’s area of operation covers over 10,000 sq km. The STFs of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are planning to divide it into sectors for effective search operations. Earlier combing operations were not sector-specific. Now there are plans to prepare detailed maps of each sector with the help of satellite images.
2. ROPE IN COMMANDOS
The Karnataka government will requisition the Centre for at least 1,000 paramilitary (CRPF) men trained in jungle warfare. The STFs of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka already have 1,000 men each. The combined force of 3,000 men would be divided into several teams, each headed by a deputy superintendent of police.
3. COORDINATED ACTION
The heads of the different teams will operate wireless on a common channel. This will ensure quick and effective communication. Once Veerappan’s hideout is located, a single message would be picked up by all the teams which will rush to the spot. This will help seal the area where the bandit and his men are hiding.
4. AERIAL SURVEILLANCE
The Karnataka government has requested the defence ministry for low-flying helicopters. The choppers will keep in touch with the ground forces and tip them off should Veerappan and his gang be spotted.
Equipment Requisitioned By The Karnataka Government
Night-Vision Binoculars: Since the forest cover is very thick, it’s almost impossible to move without these at night
Bullet-Proof Jackets: Jackets now used are very heavy and cramp movement. The STF has asked for lighter versions
Thermal Sensors: These devices could help track the movement of the gang
SLRs and AK-47s: The new task force will be armed with sophisticated automatic weaponry to be more effective