Tamil Nadu Timeline 2012
The Q branch of Tamil Nadu Police
arrested a CPI-Maoist State committee member, Manivasakam, near
Thanjavur. Manivasakam had been absconding since 2008.
Following the finding of suspected
training centres of CPI-Maoist in Karnataka in March 2012, the
Tamil Nadu Police, including STF, Q branch and District Police,
have launched a combing operation in the Western Ghats. Police
teams from 12 Districts are involved in the combing operation
in the hilly terrain.
Tamil Nadu is free of any extremist
menace, especially Naxalism, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said
in the State Assembly. She stated, "We have no fear of Naxals
or extremists at all here and we are head and shoulders above
all other States in the country in this regard".
The 'Q' branch of Tamil Nadu Police
arrested J. Vivek alias Balan (46), State secretary of
the CPI-Maoist, from Shenoy Nagar. However, Padma alias
Sathyamary (37), who belongs to the women's empowerment wing of
the CPI-Maoist managed to escape. Padma was last apprehended by
police in 2008. "Padma was on her way to West Bengal as part of
a fact finding team. She was nabbed by police then. After that
incident, there has been no news about her," added the police
source. Vivek was allegedly involved in arms training organised
by the Maoists in Periyakulam, Theni District in 2007.
J. Vivek alias Balan (46),
State secretary of the CPI-Maoist, has embarked on a hunger strike
since June 6 inside Cuddalore Central Prison in support of his
demands. Vivek, allegedly involved in arms training at Periyakulam
in Theni District in 2007, was nabbed by the 'Q' branch sleuths
at Shenoy Nagar in Chennai on May 19. He was lodged in a Madurai
jail and, on May 21, shifted to Cuddalore Central Prison. Ever
since he was brought to Cuddalore, he has been complaining to
the jail authorities about the lack of freedom to move around
in the prison and "inadequate" breakfast.
Industry in Tamil Nadu is trying
to come to grips with a startling internal discovery that 'fringe
militant trade unions' - code phrase for cadres of the CPI-Maoist
- have incognito established a foothold in key industrial belts
in a state far removed from the heartland of Maoist extremism.
In recent weeks, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and
the Employers' Federation of Southern India have, in closed-door
meetings, discussed how to deal with this problem, two senior
members of the associations told Economic Times on condition
of anonymity. The CII's sub-committee on human relations and industrial
relations itself is said to have held at least three meetings
in this regard. A member of the CII said the issue came to light
when a number of small and medium companies started getting suspicious
about the entry of new labour groups in their plants and decided
"There is no Naxal movement in
Tamil Nadu since we are maintaining 'effective and sustained vigil'
on our border and hill districts," said DGP K. Ramanujam. Talking
to reporters after chairing a review meeting on law and order
and major crimes with senior officers of the Salem range, the
DGP, scotching rumours and speculative reports that the State
was facing Naxal threat from neighbouring States, pointed out
that stringent action had led to the arrest of some leaders and
cadre of the movement in southern Districts.
Chennai City Police arrested 13
persons including a woman who are suspected to be part of a banned
outfit, Makkal Jananayaga Kudiyarasu Katchi. Police sources
said the group including prime suspects Palani alias Manickam
(48), Duraisingavel (51), both from Kundrathur and Baskar (40)
from Minjur along with a woman member Ragini (40) and nine other
men gathered in the building of a private school in Neelakandan
Salai in Kundrathur on the day.
The Andhra Pradesh Police arrested a Naxalite,
identified as Peda Mallu Swami, a former dalam 'commander'
of a Local Guerrilla Squad of the erstwhile PWG, in Chennai in
Source:Compiled from news reports and