Tamil Nadu Timeline 2015
There are no signs of CPI-Maoist
activity in any part of 'The Nilgiris', however, vigil has been
stepped up on account of the presence of Maoists across the border
in Kerala, said ADG, Law and Order, TK Rajendran at Pandhalur
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.
The NSD, which consists of two
teams in Coimbatore and the Nilgiris Districts, has been successful
in building cordial relationship with people in tribal villages
and hamlets bordering Kerala. Inspector General of Police (West
Zone) K. Shankar said that the teams have met the primary target
of building ties with the villagers. The teams are operational
from February 1 following the attacks on a forest office and a
few other places at Palakkad District, Kerala, in December 2014.
The dedicated teams were formed in addition to the combing operations
Stating that there is no Naxal movement in this part of the State,
Shankar added that the Police have also targeted recruitment of
75 Home Guards in bordering hamlets in Ooty and around 30 in similar
areas in Coimbatore District, by the end of March.
CPI-Maoist perpetrated violence
has declined in the country from 1,000 killings during 2008, 2009
and 2010 to about 300-odd now, K. Vijay Kumar, Special Security
Adviser, the UMHA, said in VIT University in Vellore. "This is
a sign that two-third violence has come down. But that does not
mean that they (Maoists) are incapable of causing hiccups and
giving surprises," he said. He further said there were two to
three Maoist-affected States that were being concentrated upon.
"Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand contribute about 30 per cent each
that is two-third in the country. The Governments are trying to
tighten efforts here," he pointed out.
The SIB of the Telangana and Andhra
Pradesh Police, the 'Q' Branch Criminal Investigation Department
of the Tamil Nadu Police arrested five CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as Roopesh alias Jogi, his wife Shyna, Anoop, Eswaran and Kannan,
at Karumathampatti in Coimbatore District. Roopesh headed the
recently formed Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee, Police
sources said. "It is a big catch. Roopesh was leading Maoist operations
in the tri-junction (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala) and involved
in the attacks on forest establishments in Kerala and also on
some MNC retail outlets. His wife Shyna was working as clerk in
the Kerala High Court and later joined the Maoists," a Police
The Internal Security Investigation
Team probing four cases against Roopesh, suspected to be a member
of PLGA, and wife Shyna approached the Judicial First Class Magistrate
court in Coimbatore for recording the arrest of the accused. Since
Roopesh, Shyna and three others were sent to the custody of Tamil
Nadu Q Branch for 10 days, the arrest could not be recorded.
According to the Tamil Nadu Police,
Roopesh and his wife Shyna have confessed during initial interrogation
that the Maoist leadership had entrusted them with the responsibility
of organising social uprisings. Roopesh, along with another person
called Jogi also had organisational responsibilities in the State.
The Police had earlier found that Roopesh was behind recent attacks
by the group at various places in the State.
In a related development, unidentified
persons who came on two motorcycles to the 'Q' Branch CID office
in Peelamedu in Coimbatore allegedly warned Police personnel of
action against the Inspector who arrested the Maoist leaders.
While speeding away, they raised slogans in support of the Maoist
movement. Following the incident, an armed Police guard was posted
at the office, Police sources added.
In what came as a shocker to security
agencies, wanted CPI-Maoist leader and his wife who were arrested
near Coimbatore had lived in a house in Tirupur since August 2012.
Posing as being involved in IT business and export of disposable
cups, the couple managed to stay there for over two years without
anybody suspecting their activities. Police searched the house
on May 7 and seized hundreds of books, CDs and electronic gadgets,
Police sources said. Based on a specific input by the Telangana
and Andhra Pradesh Police, the 'Q' Branch CID arrested Roopesh,
leader of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee, his wife
Shyna and three others. Enquiries revealed that Roopesh posed
as an exporter, while his wife claimed to be involved in medical
transcription and software development, the sources said.
In the wake of the arrest of five
Maoists from Coimbatore District a few days back, the Tamil Nadu
Government has issued instructions to strengthen anti-Naxalite
special divisions in the Erode, Coimbatore and Nilgiris Districts.
Police sources said that each division had a sub-inspector and
seven constables. Their main role is to gather intelligence regarding
movement of Naxalites in the forest areas.
State and Central Intelligence
Agencies in Tamil Nadu feel that CPI-Maoist activists are getting
regrouped with active help of some social activists, NGOs, human
rights activists and journalists. "We are surprised and shocked
at the over-enthusiasm shown by some of the journalists to portray
that there is no Maoist activities in Tamil Nadu. We know for
sure that Leftist extremists are active in the State and they
are trying to bring all Dalit youths under their flag. The last
two years saw many arms training programmes held by Maoists and
their frontal organisations to some sections of the society,"
a senior intelligence officer said.
The Madras High Court directed
the Coimbatore 'Q' Branch Police not to seek further custody of
the five suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, who were arrested in Coimbatore
on May 5. Stating that most of the custody period is over, Justice
MM Sundresh directed the 'Q' branch Police not to file any application
seeking Police custody of the five arrested.
In an attempt to thwart CPI-Maoist
incursion in under developed tribal settlements across Coimbatore
District, Tamil Nadu Q branch Police have identified and forwarded
a list of 71 tribal villages to the District administration, seeking
their immediate intervention. The Police have asked the revenue
and other related departments to speed up the implementation of
Government schemes mainly pertaining to basic amenities like issuing
ration cards, health and rural connectivity. The 71 settlements
identified are scattered in five Taluks including Valparai with
high tribal populations. According to sources, the 71 settlements
are coming under Valparai, Pollachi, Mettupalayam, Perur and Coimbatore
The judicial custody of five CPI-Maoist
cadres, including Roopesh, his wife Shyna and their accomplices
C. Kannan, J. Anoop and C. Veeramani, was extended till July 2
by First Additional District Judge R. Sakthivel in Coimbatore
A letter stating that bombs would
explode in 10 places in Coimbatore during the Independence Day
celebrations on August 15, 2015 has been received by Ramanathapuram
Police Station in Coimbatore District. The threat letter was purportedly
written by one Rajesh, who claimed to be a CPI-Maoist sympathiser.
A fresh alert issued by the Tamil
Nadu Q Branch Police to districts bordering Kerala has stated
that there was increasing movement of CPI-Maoist cadres in the
tribal villages in Wayanad and Palakkad Districts of Kerala. According
to Police sources, in the alert issued this week, the Q branch
Police have claimed at least two sightings of Maoists in the last
week of June in two different tribal villages in Wayanad and Palakkad
Four CPI-Maoist cadres, identified
as R Shyna (42), J Anup (31), C Veeramani alias Easwaran (60)
and C Kannan (46), arrested recently by the Q Branch Police of
Tamil Nadu have refused to sign and confirm that documents seized
by the Police during raids belonged to them. This happened when
they were produced before Principal District Judge R. Pongiappan
in Coimbatore, at the end of their Police custody.
CPI-Maoist leader Roopesh was
produced before a Court in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu and
Principal District Judge R. Pongaliappan remanded him in judicial
custody till July 22.
The Q branch of Tamil Nadu Police
is planning to slap NSA on the five 'Maoists' arrested on May
4, 2015 in Coimbatore District.
CPI-Maoist leader Roopesh, his
wife Shyna and three other cadres who were arrested by the 'Q'
Branch Police at an eatery in Karumathampatty on the outskirts
of Coimbatore in Coimbatore District were detained under the NSA.
Madras High Court Bench in Madurai
dismissed bail applications filed by N. Ranjit alias Sekar
(30) and J. Vivek alias Vivekanandhan alias Raja
(45), both arrested in 2010 and 2012 on charges of involvement
in armed struggle under the banner of CPI-Maoist.
CPI-Maoist leader Roopesh continued
the fast in Coimbatore District that he commenced in Kerala.
A CPI-Maoist cadre, alleged to
have escaped in an encounter with Police in Kodaikanal hills in
2008, was arrested at Vadamadurai in Dindigul District. According
to Police sources, A. Neelamegam alias Kathir alias
Vinayak (30) was arrested by the Q Branch Police following a tip
off that he was visiting a friend in Vadamadurai.
Arrested CPI-Maoist cadres identified
as Roopesh, Shyna, Anoop and Veeramani, who were on a fast inside
the Coimbatore Central Prison, gave it up after writers and civil
society activists assured to take up their case, said their lawyer
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced
creation of special cells at a cost of INR 94.8 million in 10
border Districts to prevent Naxalite activities. "The cells will
be set up at Tiruvallur, Vellore, Erode, Udagamandalam, Coimbatore,
Tiruppur, Dindigul, Virudunagar, Tiruvelveli and Kanyakumari districts,"
she said, while replying to the demands for grants for Home Department.
Principal District and Sessions
Court Judge R. Poornima dismissed the bail plea of a CPI-Maoist
cadre Neelamegham alias Kadhir alias Vinayakam (29).
Opposing the bail petition, Police claimed that granting of bail
to Neelamegham would hamper their investigation.
Six months after five CPI-Maoist
cadres were arrested from Karumathampatti in Coimbatore District
of Tamil Nadu, the Q branch Police submitted a 4,700-page chargesheet
at a court in Coimbatore. The Maoists Roopesh, his wife Shyna,
and his accomplices Anoop Mathew George, Kannan and Veeramani
were arrested from a bakery at Karumathampatti.
Three suspected CPI-Maoist cadres - Ranjith, Kannan
and Neelamegam - were produced before the Judicial Magistrate
Court in Dindigul District. Judicial Magistrate C.B. Vedagiri
extended their judicial custody till November 18.
Source:Compiled from news reports and