Kerala Timeline 2009
The State intelligence sources
reported that in the backdrop of the launching of security operations
to flush out left-wing extremists from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh,
Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, the extremists have penetrated into
the rural areas of Kerala in the guise of small time labourers.
According to the sources, the decision of the Union Minister for
Home Affairs, P. Chidambaram, to carry out a single joint operation
to flush out the extremists had forced them to take refuge in
the neighbouring States like Kerala. "Earlier, Naxal activities
had been reported in the thick forests of the Western Ghats bordering
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. But with the Police intensifying
combing and monitoring in these parts, the Naxals have started
to settle in labour-intensive rural areas in the State," said
an official of the State intelligence. Sources said that there
were reports that Kunnathunadu taluk in the Ernakulam District
had been attracting the insurgents as a perfect hideout because
of the huge number of sawmills and quarries.
Police neutralized a major arms
racket linked to secessionists and left-wing extremists in Nagaland
and Orissa and arrested three persons belonging to Orissa in Ernakulam
District. The accused were arrested while purchasing guns from
an armoury in the city using fake licence, purchase permit and
No Objection Certificate, purported to have been issued by the
Government of Nagaland. The three were identified as Rathiranjan
Parida, Bipin Bihari Behra and Biranji Narayan Behra. They had
moved over 20 guns in this manner during the last one year, said
P.M. Varghese, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ernakulam.
Police arrested Sinoj alias
Ramesan, a cadre of the Revolutionary Peoples Front (RPF), a frontal
organisation of the CPI-Maoist, from the Chekadi colony at Pulpally
in Wayanad District. The Police also recovered three propaganda
CDs, a booklet on Lalgarh and some literature related to Maoists
in Nepal. Sinoj was produced in the Judicial First Class Magistrate's
court at Sulthan Batheri which remanded him in judicial custody.
Sinoj, who hails from Talikkulam in the Thrissur District, was
arrested from a tribal colony following a tip-off. The colony
was reportedly under Police watch for sometime following information
that Maoists were 'concentrating' on the area.
The Crime Branch of the Kerala
Police believes that extremist outfits affiliated to the CPI-Maoist
are carrying out clandestine operations in the tribal colonies
of Wayanad District. A senior officer said that the Police were
keeping a close watch on several tribal colonies based on intelligence
inputs on activities of those organisations banned in the State.
Recently, the Crime Branch arrested V.S. Sinoj (32), of Vadanappally
in Thrissur District, from a tribal colony in Wayanad District
on charges of attempting to propagate Maoist ideology among tribals
and distribute material propagating the cause of the Maoist movement
at Lalgarh and Nandigram in West Bengal. Based on a tip off, Sinoj
was arrested from the Chekkadi colony at Pullppally on July 11.
He was a State leader of the Revolutionary Peoples Front, which
is affiliated to the CPI-Maoist. He had also admitted during interrogation
that he had arrived in Wayanad District to spread Maoist ideology
among the tribal population.