Vigil up along TN-Kerala border
Reports of Maoist activity in some of the tribal villages in the Kerala forests. Vigil has been stepped up at Kinnakorai, Geddhai, Hiriyaseegai, Upper Bhavani and Manjoor and the surroundings along the Kerala border in the Nilgiris following reports of Maoist activity in some of the tribal villages in the Kerala forests. This comes in the wake of intensified combing operations across the border in Kerala. Enquiries made by The Hindu revealed that security personnel in Kerala had been combing Karikankunnu, Varadimalai, Mel Thottam and Mukkoli near Attapadi in search of nine suspected Maoists reportedly engaged in propaganda among tribals for the past three months.
A case was registered at the Attapadi police station. Propaganda materials such as handbills and posters had surfaced in Kerala. The tribal people were warned not to fall prey to the Maoists. Since it is feared that the intensified combing operations in Kerala would drive the extremists to the Nilgiris forests, Superintendent of Police T. Senthilkumar instructed the Manjoor police to mount a round-the-clock vigil.
Police to launch anti-Maoist operations before polls
Ranchi: In an attempt to neutralize Maoists before assembly polls, Jharkhand police will run anti-Maoist operations involving CRPF, CoBRA, Jharkhand Jaguar and state police. The police have not announced the date when operation will be launched ,due to operational secrecy . Sources however said the operation would be launched in full scale by October last, after the festival season is over. Two Maoist incidents had marred Lok Sabha elections in which eight policemen were killed and several injured.
The police intelligence has warned that extremists are making preparations for major attacks this time. DGP Rajiv Kumar said: “The operations will be conducted in full scale before elections so that the sensitive areas are scanned and the elections are held peacefully. The Maoist violence incidents during Lok Sabha polls had exposed ill-preparedness and lack of specific intelligence gathering. “We have learnt that Maoists will target security personnel during polls. Strategies have been drawn, soon forces will march into forests,” said Kumar. The operations would be additional to the ongoing long range patrolling in different districts.
Arrested recently, Mukhlal Mahto alias Mochhu alias Bhagat, CPI Maoist zonal commander, has disclosed to the police Maoists’ plans to attack police during polls. “He has told us that Maoists were trying to hit security personnel at some points in Bundu (Ranchi), Giridih, Latehar, Bokaro districts. But these days top Maoist leaders do not share concrete plans with their juniors well in advance. So there could be a larger strategy of the Maoists,” said an IPS officer.