Tamil Nadu Timeline 2017
The Q Branch of CID Police arrested
an advocate from S. Alangulam village in Madurai District on the
charge of having links with CPI-Maoist. The Q Branch CID Police
had been conducting surveillance on advocate A. Murugan ever since
the two alleged CPI-Maoist cadres - Kala (53) and Chandra (51)
- were arrested in Karur District on July 2016. Sources said that
Murugan's younger brother, Velmurugan (35), an active CPI-Maoist
cadre, was accused in two naxal cases in Varushanadu in
Theni District and Uthankarai in Coimbatore District. The advocate
used to appear for CPI-Maoist in court. The Q Branch CID team
seized a huge quantity of homeopathic medicines allegedly in possession
of the advocate, which, sources claimed, were being supplied to
some Maoists. A few printed literatures relating to Maoists were
also alleged to have been recovered.
The Madras High Court has confirmed life imprisonment
for three belonging to TNLA. They were involved in a groups attack
at the Puthur Police Station in Cuddalore District on April 6,
1991. TNLA is the armed wing of TNCPML, a splinter group of the
CPI-ML. The HC bench has now confirmed life term only for Suba
Elavarasan alias Pandian alias Vallavan, Kumar alias
Gopalsamy and Amulraj alias Selvam.
Roopesh, Shyna, Anoop, Kannan and Veeramani of
the CPI-Maoist were produced before the Principal District Sessions
court in Coimbatore District. On the day, the Judge was likely
to hear their plea for translation of the charge sheet in either
Tamil or English. Their lawyer M. Balamurugan said that portions
of the charge sheet were in Malayalam, Hindi and a few other languages
that the accused did not understand. As the argument related to
the plea went on for some time with the Public Prosecutor objecting
to it, Judge R. Pongiappan adjourned the case and said that he
would hear the plea on April 17. The five Maoists were arrested
in Karumathampatti suburb of Coimbatore District in May 2015.
The NSD of the District Police conducted combing
operations at the forest areas of Tamil Nadu-Kerala border in
Coimbatore District. SFs conducted the operations to curtail the
movements of CPI-Maoist cadres. Maoists' activities were reported
from Attappady and Agali Police limits in Palakkad District of
Kerala. These two areas are located near Annaikatti in Coimbatore
District of Tamil Nadu. The NSD personnel were given modern weapons
and night vision goggles. Deepak M Damor, DIG, Coimbatore range,
A Mohan Navas, ASP, NSD, west zone and Police personnel conducted
the combing operations at Kalkothypathy, Vediparai, Chinnattumalai
A 47-week-long training for CISF women constables
has commenced at the CISF's RTC at Thakkolam near Arakkonam in
Vellore District. As many as 1,794 women constables recruited
by CISF are undergoing training at the centre. The Centre had
increased the number of CISF personnel from 1, 45,000 to 1,80,000.
According to press release, the personnel would be trained in
handling terrorists and Naxals. Training as per the security
needs of the country would be imparted to them.
The Periyakulam Sub-Court sentenced six CPI-Maoist
cadres, to various terms of rigorous imprisonment at Theni District.
CPI-Maoist cadres were convicted under various Sections of the
IPC in a case relating to arms training by a group of Maoists
in Murugan Malai near Periyakulam.
Two persons from Kerala, who came to meet CPI-Maoist
cadres Anoop and Shyna at the Coimbatore Central Prison, were
arrested, for carrying a pen drive. Prison authorities, who found
the two with the data storage device during physical examination,
handed them over to the Race Course Police. According to M. Senthilkumar,
Prison Superintendent, the two men - Rashid (38) and Harihara
Sharma (33) from Thiruvananthapuram - had come to meet Anoop and
Shyna, two of the five Maoists arrested at Karumathampatti in
Coimbatore in May 2015, at the prison.
The Tamil Nadu Police produced H. Rasheed (36)
S. Harihara Sharma (32) before a Magistrate Court in Coimbatore
District. They were arrested on June 12 on the charge of attempting
to hand over a pen drive to Anoop Mathew George, or Shyna, both
jailed cadres of CPI-Maoist. The Police said that Rasheed was
a resident of Malappuram, and Sharma of Thiruvananthapuram.
A former Naxalite, who failed to appear
in a murder case trial in a special court was arrested by the
Police in Dharmapuri District. The trial in the murder case commenced
in the Poonthamalli Special Court in Chennai recently and Kamalanathan
(53), of Mallikuttai village, who had served in the Naxal movement
for some time, did not appear in the court. Following this, the
court issued arrest warrant. A Police team from Denkanikottai
Police Station arrested Kamalanathan. Police sources said that
Venkatesan, then president of the Thali panchayat in Denkanikottai
Police Station limits, was murdered by a group of person way back
A wanted woman CPI-Maoist cadre, who jumped bail
and was on the run for the past five years, was arrested at gunpoint
by the sleuths of Andhra Pradesh SIB near Sennimalai in Erode
District. Sources said V Kakarala Padma (45), a native of Andhra
Pradesh was arrested when she was on her way to Erode to meet
her accomplices. She was first arrested in 2002 under the Prevention
of Terrorism Act, for giving arms training to Maoist recruits
at Uthangarai. Padma was in jail till 2005. After her release,
she fought for the rights of women and spearheaded several protests.
She has over 10 cases and NSA and UAPA slapped against her. Later,
she was arrested and was lodged as an under trial prisoner in
Madurai Central Prison. In 2012, she came out on conditional bail
and had been absconding ever since.
Madurai-based advocate A. Murugan (39), accused
of assisting the cadres of the CPI-Maoist have moved to Madras
High Court Bench to seek bail in Madurai District. A. Murugan
is in judicial custody since January 8, 2017, in a case booked
against him by 'Q' branch CID on charges of serving as a messenger
to a group of CPI-Maoist cadres.
Tamil Nadu Police arrested Valarmathi, a second-year
journalism student, under the Goondas Act for taking part in the
region's oil pipeline protests at Kathiramangalam in Thanjavur
District. Police termed her a CPI-Maoist sympathiser. The village
has been rocked by continuing protests over an ONGC oil pipeline.
Protests first broke out on June 30, 2017 after villagers noticed
viscous substance leaking out from an ONGC pipeline in the area.
To monitor the movement of the CPI-Maoist cadres
in the reserve forest along the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, the
Coimbatore Rural Police have deployed six more NSD teams with
the field staff of the forest department to conduct combing operations
in Coimbatore District. The Police have also created 13 more check-posts
in bordering areas to monitor the movement of vehicles round-the-clock.
SP, Coimbatore District, Pa Moorthy told that six more NSD teams
from other Districts to conduct combing operations in vulnerable
areas. Tribal villages in Kerala are infested with Maoists. But
there is no movement of Maoists in Tamil Nadu.
A cadre of the CPI-Maoist, Rupesh, was produced
before the Principal District Sessions court in Coimbatore District.
The session Judge, Pongiyappan, ordered that Rupesh be remanded
in judicial custody till August 21. Rupesh was arrested near Coimbatore
As part of a three-day routine exercise, the NSDW
of the Tamil Nadu Police conducted combing operations in the hilly
areas of Vellore and Tiruvallur District. The special wing has
presence in 13 Districts of Tamil Nadu, including Tiruvallur,
Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Theni,
Virudhunagar and Kanyakumari. According to senior Police officers,
this is a routine exercise with a three-pronged approach - gathers
intelligence about Naxals, understand the problems faced by the
villagers and solve them to prevent the village youth from being
drawn by the Naxals into their movement. The movement of the Police
is expected to reduce Naxal activity in these localities.
IGP, West Zone, A. Pari, told reporters that check
posts have been installed and round the clock vigil is maintained
particularly in Coimbatore and Ooty Districts areas, that share
border with other States, to prevent infiltration of CPI-Maoist
cadres. IG Pari said in view of 'Vinayagar Chathurthi', over 8,000
cops including armed reserve Police and Home Guards have been
deployed for security. "All sensitive areas will be given additional
security, "he said.
To instill confidence among the tribal people
and gain their support in anti-Naxal activities, the NSD,
a special wing of the District Police, conducted a special awareness
programme at Kondanur in Coimbatore District. An official of the
wing said, the NSD wing was conducting such programmes once in
three or four months in tribal villages to improve rapport with
the tribal youths and women. Over four hundred tribal people from
20 villages around Kondanur participated in the event. Sports
materials including cricket bat and volley ball for youths, and
saris for the women were distributed by ASP, A. Mohan Nawaz of
NSD in the presence of Police officials. To counter the movement
of Maoists in the hilly terrains and also to prevent people from
falling into the clutches of the Maoists, the Police department
was regularly conducting such awareness camps in the tribal hamlets,
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, DG, of the CRPF told that
CRPF plans to focus on the tri-junction area located between Tamil
Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka following intelligence information
that activities by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist are taking place
in the Western Ghats says in Coimbatore District. Bhatnagar was
in Coimbatore to attend the passing out parade of the 90th batch
of 100 directly-appointed subordinate officers at the CTC. Bhatnagar
said that they have planned to add five more battalions to CRPF
and five exclusive women battalions by January in RAF. He also
added that CRPF has made new SOPs for anti-Naxal operations after
Sukma District ambush in April 24, 2017, which claimed the lives
of 25 CRPF jawans. Speaking on the inclusion of more women in
CRPF, he said that one battalion has been raised from Bastar which
has got 240 lady recruits.
Roopesh, Shyna, Anoop Mathew, Veeramani and Kannan,
the five cadres arrested on charges of CPI-Maoist activities in
2015, were produced before the Coimbatore District and Principal
Sessions Court on October 25, reports The Hindu. Principal
District Judge R. Pongiyappan posted next hearing in the case
on November 8.
One CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Bhagat Singh
(32), who is on the run for five years, surrendered before the
SP, P. Rajan in Salem District. Bhagat, a resident of Singarapettai
in Uthangarai in Krishnagiri District, was one of the 32 Maoists
arrested by the Q branch of Tamil Nadu Police for undergoing arms
training in the forests of Oothankarai in 2002.
Source:Compiled from news reports and