Kerala and Karnataka police intensify search for Maoists

TRIVANDRUM - Kerala police on Friday moved weapons from four police stations and sounded an alert to all government offices in the northern district of Wayanad following confirmation of the presence of Maoists in the hilly terrains of the district.

By T K Devasia

Published: Sat 16 Feb 2013, 8:51 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:31 PM

Special teams of Kerala and Karnataka police as well as two platoons of “Thunderbolt Commandos” of the Kerala police combing the forests bordering the two states traced the movement of a group of Maoists, which includes a woman, in Wayanad and Kannur districts in the state.

They found that the Maoist gang made a resident at Chittari, a village in Eastern Kannur on the Karnataka border, to buy food materials on gun point. The locals said the group had appeared before them with a forest guard of Karnataka held captive and paid Rs2000 for buying rice and other essentials.

The police have confirmed that the group was the same which had extracted food materials from workers of an estate at Mankundi in Kannur district earlier. The combing team also found pamphlets distributed by the group among the local residents.

The pamphlets distributed at Chttari exhorted the tribals to be ready for an armed upsurge to regain their right over land, forest and nature distributed by the group at Chittari, a village in Eastern Kannur on the Karnataka border. The pamphlets distributed in Wayanad district mentioned the names of naxalite leader Varghese and Jogi, who died in police firing. The pamphlets issued by Western Ghat Zonal Committee declared a war against the state governments that push farmers to suicide, workers to exploitation, tribals to extermination and women to discrimination.

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