Heriya Achari, Subbanna Pujari, Dayananda Kulal and Narasinha Mogavira have been arrested in this regard.
A few others involved in the racket are said to be absconding. Udupi district crime investigation police have pursued this operation and seized 7 country fire arms from the accused.
A case has been registered at Shankaranarayana police station. Investigations are being carried on to ascertain if the accused have possibly sold the firearms to the Naxals.
Udupi police makes false claims
Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao said on Saturday that the strength of naxalites had been reduced in Udupi district.
He was speaking a meeting on public grievances chaired by the Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, R. Suresh, at the Udupi Zilla Panchayat here.
Dr. Rao said that there was no overt naxalite activity in the district.
There were two teams of naxalites with about five to six members, Dr. Rao said and added that they had not been up to illegal activities in the past one and a half years in the district. Two Superintendents of Police of the Anti-Naxalite Force (ANF) and its personnel were working in close coordination with the district police in reducing the naxal activities in the district, he said.