Kannur Range, IG, Suresh Raj Purohit,
who recently took over 'Thunderbolt', the anti-CPI-Maoist operations
in the State, by the 'special commando force', said it was beyond
any doubt that there was a meticulously woven Maoist network in
the jungle zones of the State.
Police personnel at six Police
Stations in Nilambur region of Malappuram District of Kerala are
being exclusively trained to handle AK-47 rifles in a bid to tackle
the CPI-Maoist threat in Police Stations along forest borders.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala
said in Thiruvananthapuram that the State Government will deal
with the CPI-Maoist threat strongly.
Evidence of CPI-Maoist presence
in Kerala was established following the recovery of a pair of
uniform allegedly being worn by CPI-Maoist cadres in Wayanad District.
In the backdrop of intelligence
report regarding life threat to Kannur range (Kerala) Inspector
General of Police (IGP) G. Suresh Rajpurohit, who oversees the
anti-CPI-Maoist operations in the State, the Police have strengthened
The UMHA Sushilkumar Shinde said
in Kozhikode District of Kerala that incidents of CPI-Maoist perpetrated
violence have come down in the country in the past one to two
Wayanad District Police chief
Putta Vimaladitya issued a lookout circular against 10 suspected
CPI-Maoist in connection with cases registered against them in
various Police Stations in the District.
The Kerala Police procured four
Polaris All-Terrain off-Road Vehicles against the backdrop of
the decision to equip themselves with the state-of-the-art technology
especially in the wake of the CPI-Maoist threat.
The Union Home Ministry has alerted
the Kerala State Police about the possibility of the CPI-Maoist
trying to create trouble during the Lok Sabha polls on April 10.
Police were put on high alert
in Wayanad District after a four-member armed group, suspected
to be CPI-Maoist cadres, threatened a Police officer and his mother
at their house.
The CPI-Maoist and CPI-ML-Naxalbari
have merged and the new party will retain the name of CPI-Maoist.
Six members of a gang allegedly
belonging to former Naxal leader Nayeemuddin alias Nayeem,
who is on the radar of Andhra Pradesh Police in connection with
the murder of TRS leader K Ramulu, were arrested in Thiruvananthapuram.
The Kerala Police commandos will
soon have an "assault dog unit" to aid their ongoing anti-CPI-Maoist
operations in north Kerala.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala
told the Assembly that there were reports of CPI-Maoist "presence"
in six Districts of the State. Replying to questions in the House,
he said the Government was in receipt of intelligence reports
of Maoist "presence" in Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad,
Kannur, and Kasaragod Districts.
The Kochi Special Branch in Kerala
is verifying the antecedents of two students from the Government
Law College for alleged links with pro-Maoist outfits.
The Ernakulam Additional Sessions
Court summoned two persons who stood as sureties for the bail
of Beecha Suguna, a suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, after she disappeared
following her release on bail in February 2014.
Senior CPI-Maoist leader from
Kerala Sinoj alias Rajan was killed in an accidental blast
while making explosives in the deep forests of Wayanad District.
Presence of CPI-Maoist in the
forest areas of certain parts of Kerala has been noticed since
February 2013, State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told the
A group of CPI-Maoist cadres held
a meeting of Adavasi (tribal) families at Vaniyampuzha Adivasi
Colony, Munderi, in the Nilambur forests in Malappuram District.
About 60 Adivasis, including women, attended the meeting.
Kerala Police arrested a Swiss
youth, identified as Jonathan Baud (24), after he addressed a
meeting arranged by CPI-Maoist sympathisers at Valappad in Thrissur
District to condole the death of their comrade Sinoj who was killed
in accident while making country bombs on June 16, 2014 in a forest.
The Kerala High Court granted
bail to Jonathan Baud, a 24-year-old Swiss national arrested by
the State Police on July 28, 2014 on suspected CPI-Maoist links
after he attended a meeting of Maoist sympathizers at Thriprayar
in Thrissur District.
The Maoists are making efforts
to strengthen its influence in South India, particularly on the
tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, said Minister
of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in Lok Sabha. He
further said Maoist's plans include creating a base on the border
of Kerala and Karnataka.
According to reports prepared
by a senior officer of the MHA the CPI-Maoist is trying hard to
establish new bases on the border of Kerala and Karnataka.
The State intelligence has warned
of the presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in tourist destinations in
the state, including Alappuzha District of Kerala. Apart from
the flourishing sex trade in houseboats, Maoists are also reportedly
making use of the facilities for their nefarious activities, it
The UMHA and the State-level Internal
Security Investigation Team of Kerala have launched an inquiry
into the source of a video of wanted CPI-Maoist leader Roopesh,
alias Praveen, telecast on some Malayalam television channels.
The video showed Roopesh in army attire with a Sten gun giving
a monologue of waging an armed struggle against the government.
A CD containing the video clipping, along with a press note, was
initially delivered by a messenger to a Malayalam news channel
at around 3 pm. Soon after the channel aired the video at 5 pm,
copies of the same were put inside the press boxes of a few more
channels at the Calicut Press Club at 5.45 pm.
Amid reports of CPI-Maoist calling
for an armed struggle in Kerala, the State Home Minister Ramesh
Chennithala said there was no need for any anxiety. He said, "Maoists
have a presence in the state, but there is no need for anxiety
on this". His statement comes in the wake of regional television
channels airing video clips reportedly of CPI-Maoist leader, Roopesh,
who threatened to launch an armed struggle in the State.
The Police have stepped up vigil
in Attappady region in Mannarghat Taluk in Palakkad District of
Kerala, following the appearance of flex boards allegedly installed
by the CPI-Maoist to exhort the working class to prepare for an
'armed battle' against 'ruling elites'. While most of the flex
boards were seen in Kallamala region of western Attappady, a few
were installed at Poonchola and Pambbanthode villages close to
'Wall posters and notice in the
name of the CPI-Maoist appeared at some locations under Vadakara
Police Station limits in Kozhikode District of Kerala. The posters
asked the people to join the CPI-Maoist for a new democratic-unexploited
India by strengthening the 'class struggle'. Further, the posters
requested the people to be united with the CPI-Maoist 'to defeat
the imperialist government and its armed forces'. The posters
asked the people to reclaim the rights for forest, water and land.
With posters of the Western Ghat
committee of the CPI-Maoist appearing on various parts of Mavelikkara
taluk, the state Police intensified its search operations in Alappuzha
District of Kerala. The posters, as part of the 10th anniversary
of the organisation, called on patrons to array behind the party
and to defeat the armed forces sponsored by the rulers. The same
posters appeared at Kurathikad area on November 8. Mavelikkara
Circle Inspector Jose Mathew said that the Police have registered
cases in connection with issue and are scouring the District for
A gang of nine suspected CPI-Maoist
vandalized the corporate office of NGIL at the upmarket Panampilly
Nagar in Kochi city in Ernakulum District of Kerala. In the attack,
the suspected Maoists broke the glass panels of the building,
desktop computers and a vehicle parked in the compound. The company
estimated a loss of INR 4 million. Pro-Maoist pamphlets were found
at the scene after the gang had left the scene. Witnesses said
the gang raised pro-Maoist slogans. A letter-written in Malayalam-said
there was a need for taking action against the "polluting" company.
Pamphlets were distributed among the staff and a crowd that had
gathered in front of the office.
Police registered a case under
the UAPA against the nine-member of the CPI-Maoist that vandalised
the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin at Panampilly Nagar in Kochi
city in Ernakulum District of Kerala on November 10. City Police
Commissioner KG James said that Police have not picked suspects
for questioning and a case has been filed under UAPA against the
nine-members. "This is the first time the city witnessing such
an attack. Though we did get pamphlets that were allegedly dropped
by Maoists on the spot, their role in this incident is yet to
be confirmed. Our probe will not solely focus on Maoist outfits,"
The CPI-Maoist posters have been
found near the new bus stand, railway station and Cherkalain area
of Kasargod District of Kerala. One of the posters read "Maoism
is not terrorism, but the way to liberate the oppressed. People
have the right to take up arms for self-defence. Terminate 'Operation
Green Hunt' immediately." They have been signed off by an organisation
called Revolutionary Democratic Front.
Senior Security Adviser in the
UMHA K Vijay Kumar while addressing a session on ''community policing
and internal security'' organised by Janamaithri Suraksha Project
of Kerala State Police in Thiruvananthapuram said coordinated
efforts of the Centre and State Governments were imperative for
tackling the Maoist issue. He termed the Maoist presence in the
Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka tri-junction as 'under control.''
''They are in the propaganda stage and we are stepping up counter-propaganda
and preventive action,'' he added. He said there were no specific
reports on insurgents' presence in urban areas.
The CPI-Maoist claimed responsibility
for having attacked the corporate office of NGIL in Kochi District
of Kerala on November 10. A release issued in the name of the
'Western Ghats Zonal Committee' of the CPI-Maoist said the incident
was a symbolic protest.
Suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist
attacked a private tourist resort in Thirunelli in Wayanad District
of Kerala. The local Police said six persons barged into the Agraharam
resort and broke the windowpanes of the resort's office building,
staff quarters and reception centre.
A red alert has been sounded across
the Kerala-Karnataka border near H.D. Kote in Mysore District
as a gang of four armed CPI-Maoist cadres are reportedly waiting
to slip into the State forests to escape the Kerala Police crackdown.
Fearing CPI-Maoist attack the
Thrissur District Police have sounded an alert and intensified
security at the Paliyekkara Toll Plaza on the National Highway
47 in Thrissur District of Kerala. Thrissur Rural SP N Vijayakumar
said there has been intelligence report that CPI-Maoist cadres
or its frontal organisations may target the toll plaza, as part
of its 10th anniversary in Kerala.
Karnataka Home Minister K.J.?George
while speaking to media persons in Mysore (Karnataka) said the
Karnataka State will have another round of talks with neighbouring
Kerala Government about the action taken in mitigating CPI-Maoist
menace in Kerala.
The UMHA has expressed serious
concern over a string of incidents involving the CPI-Maoist in
Kerala recently. At least two incidents, the attack on Agraharam
Resort at Tirunelly in Wayanad District on November 18, and at
the Indo-Japanese joint venture Nitta Gelatin India Limited in
Ernakulum District on November 10, have left officials puzzled.
The Kerala Police's Intelligence
wing has received information suggesting the possibility of CPI-Maoist
carrying out an attack soon in the Attappady tribal zone of Palakkad
District. As per the report, the State Intelligence has submitted
to the Government the Maoists are most likely to attack tourist
resorts built allegedly on encroached Adivasi lands in the Attappady
region. The report is said to have warned about the possibility
of attacks also on Government offices, especially those of the
Kerala High Court quashed the
FIR registered against Swiss national Jonathan Baud who was arrested
alleging CPI-Maoist connection for attending a commemoration ceremony
of Sinoj, a Maoist in Thrissur.
Kerala Home Department has decided
to strengthen its initiative of reaching out to the tribal population,
especially in northern districts.
Kerala Police Commandos exchanged
fire with suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in a tribal forest settlement
at Kunjootu Chappan colony under Vellamunda Police Station limits
of Mananthavady taluk in Wayanad District.
Personnel of the Forest and Police
Departments intensified combing operations in the Kunhome section
of the forest under the North Wayanad Forest Division in Wayanad
District in search of a militant group who reportedly exchanged
fire with a platoon of Thunderbolt near Chappa forest tribal settlement
under Vellamunda Police Station limit.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala
while making a clarification in the State Assembly to the first
reported instance of exchange of fire between the Maoists and
the Police in Wayanad District said the State Police is capable
of dealing with the Maoist violence.
In a bid to strengthen the anti-Maoist
drives the Kerala, the State Police have posted two young IPS
officers in the northern districts of Malappuram and Palakkad.
The two IPS officers posted to counter the Maoist threat are Debesh
Kumar Behera as Malappuram District Police chief and H. Manjunath
as Palakkad District Police chief.
The Kerala State Government will
employ the services of the CRPF for combing operations in the
forest areas of north Kerala in the wake of the encounter between
the Police and Maoists.
Activities of the CPI-Maoist in
Kerala have increased manifold and the situation in the State
has the potential of becoming more serious if immediate preventive
measures are not taken, according to a note prepared by the UMHA.
In the 17-page note, the Ministry said in recent times that the
outfit is focusing on a southern theatre in the tri-junction of
Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The note further said the core
of Maoist insurgency lies in 23 Districts of India which reported
80 per cent of the total violent incidents in 2013. The Districts
are: Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui,
Muzaffarpur (Bihar), Bijapur, Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon,
Narayanpur, Sukma (Chhattisgarh) Chatra, Giridih, Gumla, Khunti,
Latehar, Palamu, Simdega, West Singhbhum (Jharkhand), Gadchiroli
(Maharashtra), Koraput and Malkangiri (Odisha). The note added
"However, the front organisations of the CPI (Maoist) exist in
21 states and carry out overground agitational activities in an
attempt to enlarge the mass-base of the party and prepare the
state for armed insurrection."
With the deployment of the CRPF
in the forest area of north Kerala in the wake of an encounter
between the Kerala Police and the CPI-Maoist in Wayanad District,
security was tightened at all check-posts on the inter-State border
in Theni District.
Jonathan Baud, the Swiss national
arrested on charges of taking part in a meeting held at Thriprayar
in Thrissur District on July 28, in remembrance of Sinoj, a CPI-Maoist
leader, was acquitted by a Kodungallur court in the District.
The court ordered the authorities to return his passport and others
The Thunderbolts, the elite commando
Force of the State Police, continue its combing operations against
suspected Maoists in the forest areas of Wayanad District.
A 36-member search team including
tribals and officials from forest and Police departments searched
the border belt of Thrissur forest area in Thrissur District for
alleged CPI-Maoist presence in the region, as part of routine
patrolling. They could not retrieve any evidence.
Talking to reporters after a meeting
of political party leaders, senior officials of various departments,
and representatives of three-tier local bodies in Kalpetta of
Wayanad District, Minister for Home and Vigilance Ramesh Chennithala
said political parties in tribal areas, especial in remote forest
tribal settlements, should take collective effort to prevent CPI-Maoists
infiltration into the State.
A week after suspected Maoists
exchanged fires with members of a Kerala Police commando force
in Wayanad District, the Maoists have said that they would now
target illegal money-lending rackets. In an article that appeared
on 'Kaattuthee' (Wild fire), a mouthpiece news bulletin in Wayanad,
the Maoists said Policemen were also aiding illegal moneylenders
who have caught farmers, labourers and tribals in a web of debts
and forced thousands to commit suicide in the District.
A high-level meeting of Police
and forest officers of Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu and
Kollam District was held at Thenmala of Kerala to discuss ways
to check CPI-Maoist threat.
The Police went on high alert
in Idukki District of Kerala after receiving information of sighting
of suspicious persons in the forest areas near Maniyanpetty in
Vandanmedu, bordering Tamil Nadu. A 15-member Police team have
been rushed to the region to carry out combing operations after
Kunju, a tribal man, alerted Police of seeing unfamiliar persons
in the forest area, which is around three kms away from the Tamil
The CPI-Maoist cadres have launched
three simultaneous attacks in Palakkad and Wayanad Districts.
A 15-member armed group barged
into the forest range office at Mukkali near Silent Valley in
Palakkad District and burned the files and damaged computers and
furniture at around 1.30 am.
The forest aid post at Kunjom
under Vellamunda Police Station in Wayanad District also came
under attack in the morning of December 22. The attack came to
the notice of the Police much later as no one was present at the
aid post at that time. The Maoists left the copies of Kaattuthee
(Wild Fire), the official bulletin of the Kabani dalam
(armed squad) of them.
Another group of seven persons
ransacked the outlets of the KFC and McDonalds at Chandragiri
in Palakkad city in Palakkad District. Members of the group who
covered their faces smashed the glass doors of the outlets and
distributed leaflets urging the people to fight agents of US imperialism.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has affirmed
that the violence that took place in Palakkad and Wayanad Districts
was not perpetrated by the CPI-Maoist.
Two college students, identified as Sreekanth
Prabhakaran, a B Ed student and Arun Balan, a journalism student,
who were arrested on charges of attacking KFC outlet in Palakkad
District on December 22, were remanded in judicial custody. They
are members of a rural wing of the CPI-Maoist.
The two youths are also involved in the vandalism
at Nitta Gelatin's office at Panampilly Nagar in Kochi of Kerala
on October 22.
Police raided the office of 'Keraleeyam', a magazine
that focusses on Human Rights and environmental issues, and took
three persons into custody in Kerala.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala while
speaking to reporters in Thrissur of Kerala said that there is
no need for alarm over attacks in the State by suspected Maoists.
State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala stuck to
his assessment that the recent violent incidents in Wayanad and
Palakkad Districts were nothing but the handiwork of miscreants
posing as CPI-Maoist.
The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court at Chittur
in Palakkad District granted nine days Police custody for two
suspected CPI-Maoist sympathisers arrested in connection with
the attack on two multinational fast food joints on December 22.
Addressing a press meet, Kerala Home Minister
Ramesh Chennithala said that though CPI-Maoist presence had been
identified in some pockets in the Western Ghats region of the
State, they were yet to influence the public, including tribesmen,
in the areas. But they were trying to influence the youths in
cities and the two youths who were arrested in connection with
an attack in Palakkad were the victims of it, Mr. Chennithala
The Police have invoked two more provisions of
the UAPA against two youths arrested from a moving bus at Mankara,
last week in connection with the alleged Maoist attacks on multinational
fast food joints at Chandra Nagar.