On the trail of migrating Maoists

KOCHI: After the Director-General of Police was alerted over the presence of Maoists in the forest regions of the state, the police in the rural areas of Ernakulam have tightened security checks to zero in on the Maoist operations in the region. The intelligence report alerted that there is a high probability that Maoist activities may reach these areas under the cover of migrant labourers, making it a safe hide-out.

Intelligence Bureau sources said they have alerted the police and they are monitoring the presence of Maoists in the rural areas of Ernakulam.

“The police have been alerted to conduct regular checks in the area. There are over 50,000 people from West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand working in the area. There are reports that some Maoists enter the state in the guise of migrant labourers,” State Special Branch sources said.

Strict instructions have been given to make the registration mandatory for each and every migrant labourer and to verify their personal details with the police in other states.

“There has been an alert from the DGP that migrant labourers must be registered with each police station. On this basis we have speeded up the drive to register the names,” police said.

In 2008 the IB had reported that senior leaders of the CPI (Maoists) from Andhra Pradesh and politburo member Sende Raja Mouli, Tamil Nadu state secretary Sunderamurthy and central committee member Malli Raja Reddy had visited the state.

Raja Reddy was later picked up by the Andhra police from a hideout in Ernakulam district. But officially no security agency could ascertain that Maoist power had penetrated into Kerala and has any activity here.

“For the last two years the Maoist suffered a major setback with mainstream leaders getting killed in encounter with the security agencies. In 2009 there has been an alert from the IB that Maoists are looking for a base in Kerala for their guerrilla squadron. But the demise of mainstream leaders delayed the planning,” said an official of the State Special Branch.

But now since Maoist activites have increased in other states, there are chances that proliferation of the group would extend to Kerala also. But until now there are no indications on this. But precautionary measures have to be taken,” he said.

The DGP had admitted last week that Kerala is vulnerable for Maoist hideout and police suspect that they are present in the forests.

Orders have been given to the police stations across the state to register a record of the migrant labourers arriving in the locality.

“The police have been alerted to conduct regular checks in the area. There are over 50,000 people from West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand working in the area. There are reports that some Maoists enter the state in the guise of migrant labourers,” State Special Branch sources said.

IN THE BAD BOOKS

Raja Reddy was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police from a hideout in Ernakulam district in 2008.

Another person with Maoist connection was arrested in 2010 from Ernakulam.

In 2011 the Intelligence Bureau has alerted the police that several youth from the state are travelling to secret bases of the Maoist group to be trained in gorilla warfare

In 2008 the IB had reported that senior leaders of the CPI (Maoists) from Andhra Pradesh and politburo member Sende Raja Mouli, Tamil Nadu state secretary Sunderamurthy and central committee member Malli Raja Reddy had visited the state.
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