The Centre has issued fresh warnings
of a possible direct assault on government institutions by the
CPI-Maoist in Kerala..
A stone crusher unit at Nedumpoyil
in Kannur District of Kerala was attacked by CPI-Maoist cadres.
Police and residents said New Bharath Stone Crusher which is close
to the Chekkeri Kurichya colony near 24th Mile was vandalised
and set afire by a gang of five around 2.30 am after they threatened
employees at gunpoint. The tribal community had complained against
this unit many times.
A group of Maoists vandalised
and ransacked a government office in Kannur District of Kerala.
They first tied up security personnel and vandalised the office.
The group left after taking away the CCTV cameras and raising
The Kurichya Munnetta Samiti,
an organisation representing the Kurichya Adivasi (tribal)
community, denied that residents of some tribal colonies have
connections with the Maoists.
The Kerala Forest Protective Staff
Association has expressed concern about the safety of forest guards
in the light of Maoist attacks on forest outposts in Wayanad and
sought protection for the officials.
Handbills issued by alleged CPI-Maoist
cadres at Thalassery in Kannur District defended the attack on
a stone-crusher unit at Nedumpoil in the same District on January
2. The handbills issued in the name of "CPI (Maoist) Western Ghats
Special Zonal Committee" were found in the press boxes of media
at the Press Forum at Thalassery and a few other places.
In a bid to fight the CPI-Maoist
menace, tribal people will be recruited directly to the Police
force, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said.
In view of increasing extremist
threats in the State, the city Police have decided to create a
visual database of possible suspects by recording public events
and demonstrations held in Kochi using video and still cameras.
Kerala Forest Protective Staff
Association has urged the State Government to take appropriate
steps to ensure the safety of forest rangers and other officials
against the backdrop of reports confirming CPI-Maoist presence
in the State.
Kerala Congress (M) leader and
Government Chief Whip PC George while speaking to media persons
in Thrissur District said that the State Government should end
its CPI-Maoist hunt.
The District Court at Palakkad
directed the prosecution to submit solid documents or findings,
if any, by January 20 to substantiate the police charge against
two college students that they formed part of a Maoist outfit.
The students were arrested on charges of attacking outlets of
KFC and McDonald's in Palakkad in the last week of December.
Murali Kannamballi, the Naxalite
leader who initiated many students of the erstwhile Regional Engineering
College Kozhikode into the left wing extremist movement in mid
1970, has emerged as the tallest Maoist leader from the state.
Wary of CPI-Maoist influence among
tribals, the Kerala State Government is planning to distribute
food kits, each worth INR 100, in vulnerable tribal colonies every
day across the state from February under the assumption that only
hungry bellies could be swayed by revolutionary ideas.
A budget hotel owned by a government
undertaking in Wayanad District of Kerala was attacked allegedly
by CPI-Maoist cadres. The reception counter and restaurant of
Tamarind Easy Hotel, at Thirunelli, owned by KTDC, was vandalized
by a six-member gang. They left posters protesting against India
visit of US President Barack Obama.
The armed Maoist group which
had ransacked Tamarind Easy Hotel run by the KTDC in Thirunelli
in Wayanad District of Kerala, reportedly visited a couple of
houses in the vicinity after attacking the resort. According to
Sukumarannunni Warrier, a resident of Thirunelli, the gun-wielding
persons visited his house and handed over copies of pro-CPI-Maoist
newsletters. The gang also visited the residence of Muraleedharan,
the owner of a building under construction in the area.
The Palakkad Principal Sessions
Court of Kerala rejected the bail application of two suspected
CPI-Maoist cadres arrested on the charges of attacking a multi-national
food joint. The Court observed that providing bail will adversely
affect the ongoing investigation.
Combing operations have been intensified
in Western Ghats of Southern India after an Odisha-based Maoist,
identified as Jaghwanth Poojari, was arrested in Tenmalai forest
area of Kollam District of Kerala.
The office of the NHAI at Kalamassery
in Kochi of Ernakulam District of Kerala was vandalized by unidentified
miscreants claiming to be affiliated to the CPI-Maoist. Police
said there were no eyewitnesses to the incident. The attackers
left pamphlets protesting against the acquisition of land for
the National Highway expansion and privatization of public organizations.
The pamphlets claimed that the attack was carried out by CPI-Maoist.
'CPI-Maoist' was also scrawled in black letters on the walls of
An Adivasi youth, identified as
Rajesh Koorankallu (24), from the Koorankallu colony at Odakkayam
in Urangattiri Gram Panchayat, near Areekode,
in Malappuram District was picked up by the Police for allegedly
sending a threat mail to District Superintendent of Police Debesh
The Kochi city Police arrested
a man, identified as Jose, for his alleged involvement in the
attack on the office of Nitta Gelatin India Limited in November
2014. The man was detained by the city Police from Kannur.
Amnesty International India has
sought immediate release of persons arrested over the past few
weeks on suspicion of being involved in unlawful activities because
they had 'pro-Maoist' materials in their houses. In a statement
released by e-mail in Thiruvananthapuram, Amnesty International
India programme Director Shemeer Babu said ''mere possession of
certain kinds of literature cannot be a ground for arresting someone''
and urged the authorities to respect the right of citizens to
freedom of expression, which included the right to seek and receive
information of all kinds.
The Ernakulam District and Principal
Sessions Court in Kerala has dismissed the bail petition of two
persons arrested on the charges for allegedly having CPI-Maoist
links. The Court dismissed the bail petitions of Tushar Nirmal
Sarathi, a human rights activist and Jayson C Cooper, a government
While inaugurating the District
Armed Police Force office complex in Pathanamthitta District,
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said the State Government
has adopted a two-pronged strategy to deal with the Maoist issue.
A 35-year-old man, identified
K. Benny, was found killed of bullet injuries around midnight
on February 12 in a forest area close to the Bhavani river at
Chindakki near Attappady in Palakkad District. Police said K Benny
was shot by unidentified assailants. The incident took place when
Benny along with his friend Sheli was fishing in the river. Though
the Police suspect it to be a case of CPI-Maoist attack the local
people want a probe into the presence of the two youth at the
isolated location late night.
Combing operations have been stepped
up in the forests and villages along the Nilgiris-Kerala border
following reports of Maoist activities in some parts of Kerala.
The UMHA has moved a Cabinet note
seeking approval for its new counter- LWE doctrine, which envisages
inclusion of additional districts on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka
junction under the SRE and seeks control of the IAP scheme hitherto
administered by the Planning Commission. The new counter-LWE plan
proposes upgrading of SRE scheme to cover at least half a dozen
new districts located in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka axis,
besides pitching for autonomy to the UMHA to make changes to the
list of SRE items (this now requires Cabinet approval). This comes
amid concerns over growing CPI-Maoist influence in south India,
particularly in certain Districts in North Kerala.
A private pig farm at Karimbu,
around 4.5 km from Anakkampoyil within the limits of Thiruvambadi
Police Station, in rural Kozhikode District of Kerala, was attacked
allegedly by CPI-Maoist - cadres. According to the Police, a five
member-armed gang, including two women, reportedly attacked a
worker, Raju, of the farm around 3.30 pm.
The relatives of activists Thushar
Nirmal Sarathy (36) and Jaison Cooper (37), booked under the UAPA
for Maoist links, have accused Kerala police of highhandedness.
The Kozhikode rural Police of
Kerala have launched an investigation into reports that a group
of people dressed in military-style and suspected to be CPI-Maoist
cadres attacked a worker of a private pig farm adjacent to a the
forest near Karimba in the hilly region of Thiruvambadi in the
District. The Police said that the worker, Raju aka Mandappan
Raju, had said that the armed five-member group, including two
women, had trespassed into the property and attacked him. At that
time, his co-worker, Krishnan, was resting in a makeshift shed
attached to the farm. Krishnan, on the other hand, was unaware
of such an incident, the Police said.
The State Government informed
the Kerala High Court that the CPI-Maoist had plans to attack
Government institutions and individuals through its Urban Action
Team. The State Government made the submission when petitions
by Jaison C. Cooper of Fort Kochi and advocate Thushar Nirmal
Sarathi of Palakkad seeking bail in a case registered against
them under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act for their alleged links with Maoists came up for hearing.
Investigating officers have reportedly
failed to establish any Maoist links to the February 14 death
of K. Benny (35), of Chellakkad, near Mukkali. Benny died of a
bullet injury sustained around midnight at Chindakki, near Attappady,
in the buffer zone of the Silent Valley National Park.
Kerala State Government informed
the High Court that the CPI-Maoist had plans to attack government
institutions and individuals through its Urban Action Team.The
State Government made the submission when petitions by Jaison
C. Cooper of Fort Kochi and advocate Thushar Nirmal Sarathi of
Palakkad seeking bail in a case registered against them under
the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for
their alleged links with Maoists came up for hearing. While opposing
the bail petitions, Director General of Prosecution (DGP) T. Asaf
Ali submitted that the government was more concerned about the
safety of the public. If the petitioners were released on bail,
the public would be in danger. He submitted that the petitioners
were active members of the CPI-Maoist.
The Kerala High Court dismissed
the bail pleas of Thushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison C Cooper,
who allegedly belong to a CPI-Maoist front organisation and were
behind the attack on NHAI office in Kochi. Turning down the bail
pleas, justice B Kemal Pashad held that the contents of the case
diary prima facie reveal their complicity and the matter requires
thorough and continued investigation. Considering the seriousness
of the allegation and the present stage of investigation, it is
premature to grant bails now, the court said.
The NHRC issued notice to Kerala
Government over the allegations that human rights defenders and
rights activists in the state were being arrested after levelling
them as 'Maoist sympathisers'. The NHRC has issued a notice to
the Director General of Police of Kerala calling for a report
within two weeks over the issue, according to an official statement
released. The notice was issued after the Commission took suo
moto cognisance of a media report that the Kerala Government
was targeting human rights defenders and rights activists by labelling
them as 'Maoists sympathisers'.
A suspect, identified as Ashraf,
a native of Pandikkad in Malappuram, in the alleged CPI-Maoist
attack on a KFC restaurant in Palakkad District in December, 2014
was arrested by Peravoor Police in Kannur District.
On the basis of intelligence tip
that Maoists may target Wayanad District Collectorate in the hope
that it could give them better public attention, the government
has decided to bring the collectorate building and surrounding
areas under electronic surveillance system. The Revenue Department
has cleared the proposal for setting up surveillance cameras in
the collectorate. According to the order issued by the Government
in this regard INR 2.6 million has been cleared for installation
of cameras in the compound that will capture the movements of
visitors inside the collectorate building as well as the surrounding
The Kerala High Court granted
bail to Thushar Nirmal Sarathy and Jaison C Cooper, who allegedly
belong to a CPI-Maoist front organization. Sarathy and Cooper,
who were arrested after the attack on NHAI Kochi office, were
later released from Kakkanad District jail on March 17. A division
bench comprising justices KT Sankaran and Babu Mathew P Joseph
granted conditional bails after prosecution informed that their
continued detention is not warranted.
The CPI-Maoist is offering money,
liquor and ganja to tribals to do favours for them. Maoists
are shedding their ideologies to woo the tribals living in the
forests of Kerala, if reports are to be believed.
Fearing civilian casualties, the
anti-CPI-Maoist squad stopped short of opening fire at a Maoist
gang at Mukkanampotti tribal colony at Nilambur in Malapuram District.
The Police inaction had invited criticism from various corners
and it is their first clarification on the incident, though it
is unofficial. The Police spotted a seven-member CPI-Maoist gang
in the tribal colony when the extremists were just a few metres
away. It was for the first time that the Police Force in the District
was coming that close to nabbing the extremist group members.
"However, the police were not in a position to attack the gang.
They were atop a hilly terrain and the Police were on the down
side. Five of the seven people were inside the house of Chathan,
a resident of the colony, having food. The others were watching
the surroundings. If we had opened fire at that moment, they would
have used the tribal family as cover to escape bullets. The lives
of both the policemen and the civilians were at risk," sources
in the force said seeking anonymity. The police action invited
criticism from various quarters. But they believe what they did
was right. "There were three women in the house. There would have
been a huge public uproar had any civilian been injured in the
attack on Maoists."
The NIA filed a charge sheet against
five persons, including a former scientist at the Indira Gandhi
Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, in a case relating to a
secret meeting of the RDF, a front organisation of the CPI-Maoist,
at Mavelikkara in Alappuzha District of Kerala in December 2012.
The accused in the charge sheet, filed at the NIA special court
Kochi, were identified as Rajesh Madhavan (34) of Mavelikkara;
Bahuleyan (50) of Chirayinkeezh, Thiruvananthapuram; Devarajan
(50) of Mayyanad, Kollam; Ajaya Kumar alias Ajayan of Muvattupuzha;
and Gopal (52) of Rajilpakkom, Chennai. Gopal is a former scientist
with Kalpakkam atomic research centre.
Three leaders of the RDF, a pro-CPI-Maoist
organisation, have been arrested under the UAPA in Thiruvananthapuram
District of Kerala, after they were found distributing pamphlets,
titled 'Maoism is not terrorism'. While two persons, identified
as RDF state secretary Mannur Ajayakumar and state committee member
Karivaloor Ramakrishnan, were arrested from Iritty in Kannur,
another, identified as T Sugathan, state president of RDF, was
arrested by Police from the Kozhikode Press Club on April 24,
where he had gone to hold a press conference to protest against
the arrest of his colleagues.
In the wake of the perceived CPI-Maoist
threat in the rural belt of Kozhikode District, Police are planning
to set up more Police Stations in the forest areas where the presence
of the Maoists have been reported. According to an official with
Nadapuram Sub-Division of Police, a proposal has been mooted seeking
government nod to set up Police Stations at Vilangad bordering
Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur Districts and at Kakkayam.
The statement of CPI-Maoist leader
Roopesh that he was kidnapped, not arrested, was false, said Kerala
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala. "Kerala has sought Roopesh's
custody. The Tamil Nadu police will have to bring him to Kerala
for the investigation of cases in the state in which he was involved,"
Kerala Minister for Home Ramesh
Chennithala said that the CPI-Maoists' attempt to implement their
politico-military campaign in the State had been thwarted with
the arrest of Roopesh and four others from Coimbatore.
A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre,
identified as Sundaran alias Unnikrishnan (49), was arrested by
the Agali Police in Palakkad District. Unnikrishnan, a native
of Kumaramputhur near Mannarkkad allegedly set ablaze a camp shed
of the Forest Department inside the Silent Valley National Park
in January along with a few others. The Police said Sundaran was
taken into custody from Agali following a tip-off.
The Special Court for NIA, Ernakulam
in Kerala sentenced 10 convicts in the sensational palm chopping
case to 8 years of rigorous imprisonment and three others have
been sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment. Earlier,
on April 30 the Court had found 13 persons guilty of various charges
including terrorism and criminal conspiracy in the cases related
to the chopping of the palm of T J Joseph, a professor with the
Newman College in Thodupuzha in Idukki District by the activists
of radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI).
Those awarded 10-year rigorous
imprisonment were found guilty under various sections of Unlawful
Activities [Prevention] Act (UAPA), along with different sections
of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Explosive Substances Act. The
rest three were convicted for offences under IPC. The court also
imposed a fine of INR 8 lakh on the 13 convicts which will be
given to the victim, professor T J Joseph. There are 54 accused
persons in the case, of which 37 were charge-sheeted by the NIA.
As many as 31 persons have undergone trial, and six accused are
The incident happened on July
4, 2010, when Prof T J Joseph was returning home with his family
after attending the Sunday Mass. A six-member gang pulled him
out of his car and chopped off his palm for authoring a question
paper that allegedly had material insulting the Prophet.
The Kerala Police arrested A Rajeesh,
a close aide of recently-held CPI-Maoist leader Roopesh, from
Payyoli in Kozhikode District. Rajeesh, native of Thikkody, was
instrumental in bringing arms to Roopesh and his team, the Police
said, adding that his car had been used for such purposes. The
Intelligence had been keeping a close watch on him for a long
time. His phone calls too were screened by the agency. It is believed
that Rajeesh brought arms, including guns, to Maoists in Kozhikode,
Kannur and Wayanad forests.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres identified
as Anil (44) alias Remanan and Anandan (50) were arrested
from Kundara area of Kollam District. Commenting on the arrest
SP, Kollam Rural, S. Sasikumar said the duo had links with Maoist
leader Roopesh who was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Police from
Addressing a meet-the-press programme
in Kochi, CPI Kerala State unit secretary Kanam Rajendran said
the CPI was opposed to the ways adopted by the CPI-Maoist but
the issues were relevant. The arrested Maoists should be treated
as political prisoners, he said. He said that the Government should
find solutions to the social issues raised by Maoists instead
of meting out inhuman treatment to them. Rajendran also cautioned
the Government against any attempt to suppress the issues by unleashing
combing operations against the activists who were highlighting
Concerned over Maoists' move
to radicalise tribals and youths in some parts of the State, Kerala
Government has decided to "double" its developmental and welfare
initiatives in vulnerable areas. "We will be very careful," Kerala
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said when asked about the Maoist
problem in some parts of the state and the arrests of its top
leaders, including Roopesh, his wife Shyna and their comrades
from Coimbatore earlier this month. Noting that the tribals and
youths are the "real target" of the reds, the chief minister,
in his recent interaction with, said, "We will double our developmental
and welfare efforts in tribal areas" to effectively deal with
The Ernakulam Additional District
and Sessions Court sent Roopesh and his wife Shyna, alleged CPI-Maoist
operatives, to judicial custody till June 10. The couple was later
shifted to the district jail at Kakkanad. Earlier, Roopesh and
Shyna were brought to Kochi from the Coimbatore central prison
The Kerala High Court in a significant
ruling said ''being a Maoist is of no crime." Justice A. Muhamed
Mustaque while delivering a judgement said that State pay a compensation
of INR 100000 and INR 10,000 as cost to the petitioner Shyam Balakrishnan
from Wayanad District in the case. In his judgment Justice A.
Muhamed Mustaque further held that in this case, "the facts will
clearly indicate that the petitioner was arrested as a suspected
Maoist. At the relevant time, the Police had no clue about the
offence committed by the petitioner. The only reason on which
the petitioner was arrested was that he was a suspected Maoist.
No doubt, the Police, on realising the mistake, released the petitioner
without registering a case."
The Kerala State Government has
questioned the judgment delivered by a single judge bench of Kerala
High Court on May 22nd, 2015 which said 'being a Maoist is not
a crime'. The State Government has filed an appeal in the High
Court demanding that the order must be set aside. The single bench
had held that Police cannot detain a person merely because he
is a Maoist, unless Police forms a reasonable opinion that his
activities are unlawful. Government's appeal said the single bench's
finding is absolutely illegal and against the provisions of Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA).
The Government of Kerala has said
that it will approach a division bench of the Kerala State High
Court to withdraw the ruling of a single judge bench that has
said that being a Maoist is not a crime. On May 22, a single bench
of the Kerala High Court had criticized the State Police for arresting
a person for being a Maoist. The court had then ordered the Police
to pay compensation to the individual for harassing him.
The Kerala High Court stayed further
proceedings on a single bench's order to pay compensation of INR
100,000 for illegal detention by Thunderbolt, the special police
team for combating CPI-Maoist activities in the State. A division
bench comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A M Shaffique
was considering an appeal filed by the State Government against
the order. The single bench's ruling, on a petition filed by Shyam
Balakrishnan of Wayanad, had also said that being a Maoist is
not a crime and detaining a person for questioning will amount
to illegal detention if the legal formalities of an arrest are
Sending out a strong message to
Kerala State Government on the existence of CPI-Maoist activism
post Roopesh-Shyna arrest in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu,
an armed group of five Maoists have reportedly visited households
at Kurichiya colony near Melathalapuzha in Wayanad District.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala
has advised the daughters of CPI-Maoist couple Roopesh and Shyna
not to follow in their parents' footsteps. Chennithala, in a letter
published on his blog, said "Do not opt for the path of your parents.
There will be many persons who will glorify the approach of your
parents. The path of violence and weapons do not take a person
Kerala Government said it was
committed to ending CPI-Maoist threat but made it clear that the
activities of the LWEs could not be suppressed through force.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala in a Facebook post said
"The Government has no illusion that it can suppress Maoist threat
by using force" but made it clear that the Government was committed
to ending the challenges posed by the banned outfit. The government
also did not want to crush any peaceful protest and violate the
Human Rights of any person, he added.
Rajeesh, who was arrested for
suspected pro-Maoist activities in Wayanad District, has admitted
that he had helped the Maoists by arranging transportation facilities
and carrying arms and ammunition for them.
The Kannur District Police are
on fresh alert following the latest sighting of suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres at the Ramachi colony under Kelakam Police Station limits.
Three men in military fatigues visited the colony at 9.30 a.m.
and the house of one Kelappan and stayed for nearly 30 minutes,
the Police said. Two of them were reportedly carrying firearms.
Kerala Police arrested a person,
identified as Ibrahim alias Babu (62) from Kozhikode District
who has been acting as a courier among top CPI-Maoist leaders
in the State.
The Ernakulam rural Police of
Kerala arrested an 'area commander' of the PLGA, armed wing of
the CPI-Maoist, identified as Jitendar Oraon, native of the Latehar
District in Jharkhand. Investigations revealed that Jitendar was
in constant touch with Bada Vikas, a Maoist leader in Jharkhand
and had coordinated activities of the party in the region.
A team of Police officials from
Attappady and a five-member gang of suspected CPI-Maoist cadres
exchanged fire deep in the forests bordering the Kadukumanna tribal
hamlet in the Silent Valley forests, about 15 km from Mukkali
in Palakkad District.
Security has been strengthened
along the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border in Coimbatore and The Nilgiris
Districts, following reports of attacks by CPI-Maoist cadres on
Police personnel and reported exchange of fire at Agali in Kerala
in the forenoon. "More than 600 Police personnel have been deployed
for surveillance to check for Maoist intrusion," said Inspector
General of Police (IG), West Zone, K. Shankar.
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala
has condemned the attack on a Police party by armed Maoists at
A group of armed persons, suspected
to be CPI-Maoist cadres, allegedly distributed a set leaflet,
carrying a call to boycott the upcoming local body elections,
among local people at a Government Orphanage School at Thirunelli
in Wayanad District of Kerala.
Jitendra Oraon (43), once an 'area
commander' of the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand, was arrested in Ernakulam
District, where he was working as a daily wage labourer. A source
in CPI-Maoist said he fled Jharkhand after the party ordered that
he be killed for desertion.
Two camp sheds of the Forest Department
in the Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad District of Kerala
were found destroyed. Forest officials and Police officers suspect
that these to be attacks carried out by CPI-Maoist moving around
the area. One of the camp sheds was close to the Aanavari Tribal
Hamlet and the inhabitants informed the forest officials of the
destruction. The other camp shed was located at Thudukki Tribal
Hamlet, deep inside the forest.
A team of Police officers from
Attappady in Palakkad District of Kerala and a five-member CPI-Maoist
group had an exchange of fire deep inside the forests bordering
The Kerala Thunderbolt commandos
began combing in the forest areas adjacent to Kambamala tea estate
in Wayanad District of Kerala for suspected CPI-Maoist cadres.
Official sources said a six-member armed group; including two
women reportedly visited the workers of the estate owned by the
Kerala Forest Development Corporation around 10.30 a.m. on the
day and distributed pamphlets to them. They were attired in military
style uniform and five of them carried guns. Two among them introduced
themselves as Anu and Hari and interacted with the workers in
The Police and IB officials arrested
Sidharth Mondal, an alleged CPI-Maoist cadre, and a West Bengal
resident, from his hideout on the Thotapilly estate, around Myladumpara,
near Santhanpara in Idukki District. Intelligence sources said
Sidharth, a high ranking leader with the CPI-Maoist, had taken
part in the Lalgarh action in West Medinipur District of West
A group of suspected CPI-Maoist
cadres attacked forest outposts in Pookottumpadam under Nilambur
south forest division in Malapuram District and Silent Valley
outpost in Palakkad forest area of Palakkad District in Kerala
and abducted three persons including two forest officials. According
to the forest officials the abducted persons were later released.
The suspected group attacked the outpost which is located inside
the Nilambur forest, around 15 kilometres away from the Pookottumpadam
town. After setting the outpost ablaze the gang abducted five
persons including four staff and one local person from Pookkottumpadam
outpost. Though two forest staff managed to escape from their
custody, other two forest watchers and the local man were taken
to deep forest area by Maoist the gang. After keeping them in
custody for one hour they were released. DFO of Nilambur South
Saji said that the role of Maoist gang in the abduction and attack
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala
has launched a "hearts and minds" operation to prevent the radicalisation
of disaffected tribal youth in Wayanad, Palakkad and Malappuram
Districts of Kerala It is centred on the special recruitment of
tribal youth and women into the State Police force through the
Public Service Commission. The Minister said in a press release
recently that it was an ideal measure to stop Maoists from recruiting
such youngsters to their cause. The government has also ordered
additional protection to village offices and Police Stations in
Wayanad. The Forest Department could seek the help of the Police
to conduct patrols.
Kerala Police arrested a CPI-Maoist sympathizer,
identified as Sidhartha Mondal, from his hideout in Edukki District.
Even though the incidents of the CPI-Maoist activities
have been on the rise in Kerala in 2015, the intelligence wing
has reviewed that the CPI-Maoist could not make any influence
in tribal belts in the State and conduct fresh recruitment in
the last one year.