Eight persons, including a BJP leader, kidnapped by a naxalite group were released on Tuesday, hours after they were taken to an undisclosed spot inside the forest near Sringeri, police said.
A 19-member Naxal gang forced its way into the residence of Sringeri Taluk BJP President Ranganath at Holale Mavina Kadu village at about 0500 hrs and abducted him and seven others.
Police said the Naxals led their hostages into forests and released them after a few hours.
It is not immediately known whether those kidnapped along with Ranaganth belonged to his family or were his neighbours.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who confirmed the incident of kidnap and release, directed Intelligence Wing IGP Jyoti Prakash Mirji to visit the spot and submit a report to him.
The state would bring this to the notice of the Centre and request it to provide the promised special grants to tackle the Naxal menace, he said.
A few months ago, a Naxal group had visited the residence of Ranaganath and threatened him.
The Anti-Naxal Force has launched combing operations in the forest area near Sringeri, police said.