A Special Team of armed Police
continued combing operation in the forest areas near Cherupuzha
village in Kannur District of Kerala, for the second day, following
eyewitness accounts of the presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in the
forest area on the Karnataka side.
Police in Kannur, Kasargod and
Wayanad Districts of Kerala and their counterparts in the neighbouring
Karnataka have been put on high alert following reports of threats
of possible attacks on some of the Police Stations by Maoists.
Kerala Police personnel and specially
trained commandos intensified their search operation on the Kerala-Karnataka
border areas after confirming the presence of five CPI-Maoist
cadres, including a woman, in the area.
Police arrested Ajayan Manoor,
accused and the alleged mastermind behind a secret meeting of
suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Mavelikara in the Alappuzha District
was arrested from his house at Manoor, near Muvattupuzha.
State Home Minister, Thiruvanchoor
Radhakrishnan, told the State Assembly about the Government's
intent to establish a New Action Force to deal with the threat
of Maoists, whose presence in the State's Western Ghat forest
area has been noticed.
The Special Commando Force of
Kerala Police, Thunderbolt, conducted combing operations at Munderi
forests in Malappuram District of Kerala, following fresh reports
about sighting of an armed gang of CPI-Maoist cadres.
The UMHA has asked the Kerala
Government to closely observe the activities of four organizations
whose activities allegedly reflect the CPI-Maoist influence.
CPI-Maoist leader Roopesh has,
in an article in the new edition of Mathrubhumi weekly, confirmed
that the rebels have formed a new guerrilla zone (special zonal
committee) in south India.
A 30-member Thunderbolt Commando
team, along with forest department officials, carried out searches
in Aralam and Kannavam forest areas of Kannur District following
reports of presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in areas bordering Kerala
Kerala ADGP N. Shanker Reddy,
visited the Police Stations in the eastern hill areas of Kannur
District bordering Karnataka that are on high alert in the wake
of reports of the presence of suspected Maoists.
Kerala State intelligence department
has sounded an alert and identified 45 Police Stations that are
vulnerable to attacks by CPI-Maoist.
Police started investigation into
the appearance of CPI-Maoist posters at two locations at Koyilandi
in Kozhikode District on August 30. The printed posters are in
the name of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee (WGSZC)
of the CPI-Maoist.
A team from Karnataka Police arrested
an employee of KSRTC at Thamarassery of Kozhikode District of
Kerala following suspicion that the person has some links with
In the wake of reports of the
presence of armed militants in forest and tribal areas in parts
of Kerala, the State Government has appointed Nodal and Special
Officers for 'Anti-Naxal Operations - Co-ordination of Development
activities in Tribal areas' in the six northern Districts.
CPI-Maoist cadres were sighted
again in Wayanad District. Seven persons, including a woman, reached
the house of Appachan, a farmer at Mundakkai, near Mepadi, around
6.15 p.m. on October 5, introducing themselves as Maoists.
CPI-Maoist cadres are making serious
attempts to expand their activities in Kerala. Intelligence inputs
on this have been shared by the Centre with the State Government.
Kerala Home Minister Thiruvanchoor
Radhakrishnan said that the Kerala Police have intensified their
anti-CPI-Maoist operations in seven northern Districts of the
state following reports of presence of Maoists.
CPI-Maoist cadres have threatened
that they will block any attempt by banks to initiate recovery
proceedings against farmers in Wayanad District who have failed
to repay loans.
Minister for Home Thiruvanchoor
Radhakrishnan said the State Government was planning a multi-pronged
approach to tackle the CPI-Maoist threat, including the establishment
of a special anti-terrorist force. Replying to questions at a
press conference, Radhakrishnan said the Home Department had decided
to strengthen 16 Police Stations in the tribal areas, in addition
to opening Jana Maithri Police Stations.
There were reports that a five-member
armed group, suspected to be CPI-Maoist cadres, was sighted in
Wayanad District. The Police said the armed group had entered
a colony of forest dwellers in the Arimala forests in the Vellamundy
Police Station limits in Wayanad and sought provisions, chiefly
rice, dried red chillies, and pulses, from the residents. The
group included two women, and they reportedly conversed among
themselves in Kannada. The Districts now on alert included chiefly
Wayanad and Kozhikode (Rural).
A goods van driver who went to collect grass from
the Government Seed Farm at Munderi, near Edakkara in Malappuram
District, was injured in an attack by a group believed to be CPI-Maoist
Kannur range IG Suresh Raj Purohit will oversee
the anti-CPI-Maoist operations in the State.