Naxal Hunt in Theni Dist Forests
MADURAI: Acting on an alert from their Kerala counterparts over the alleged infiltration of 15 unidentified persons into the state, the Tamil Nadu police involving teams from the Q Branch, Special Task Force and Armed Reserve teams were completely combing the forest areas in Theni bordering Kerala. Ten days back there was a exchange of fire between the police and suspected Maoists in the Waynad forests in Kerala and the Naxal group members, including three women, were suspected to have escaped.
Under these circumstances, the Kerala forest department suspected that a group of 15 people could have sneaked into Tamil Nadu and alerted the state police here. TN police said that around five teams with members drafted from the special units were conducting an intensive check in the forest regions, mainly in in Kambam Mettu forest, Egaloothu Road, Kalludaichan Paarai and Suranganaru Falls, in Theni district bordering Kerala. Sources said that the teams were also conducting enquiries in the hamlets along the Kerala border to find out if the residents spotted any strangers in their area.
The TN forest officials have also initiated a separate search operation. Police said that so far they have not found any suspicious persons in the forest limits.
Checks in D’puri
Meanwhile, a special team with personnel drawn from the police, Naxal Special Duty (NSD) and forest officials have started combing the Morappur forest range on Friday after reports over movement of strangers surfaced a few days ago. It is said that a few days back, a farmer spotted a group of eight persons, including two women, cooking food at H Agraharam village in the Morappur forest range in the H Agraharam village. On seeing the farmer, the group allegedly vanished from the spot.
Based on the information from the farmer, a police team rushed the spot and recovered vegetables and sarees, which were reportedly used by the group. Subsequently, the police launched a combing operation in the region. As the NSD is also involved in the combing operation, it is suspected that the group members could be part of a Naxal movement. Moreover, a villager said, “a few days ago there was a deafening sound from the Pennagarm forest range. Initially it was suspected that the sound could have been a chopper crash, but after a two days search, the police declared that no chopper had crashed in the forest.
However, they could not find out the exact reason for the sound. Meanwhile, some villagers saw a group cooking food in the forests range. So, locals suspect the movement of an armed group undergoing training in the forests in Dharmapuri.” When enquired Intelligence sources said, “We doubt that the noise from the Pennagaram forest range might could have been due to testing of weapons.”
Maoists kill villager in Odisha’s Malkangiri district
In yet another incident of Maoist violence, the red rebels killed a villager in Chitrali village under Kalimela police station limits in Odisha’s Malkangiri district late on Friday night. Family members of the deceased said about 4-5 armed Maoists arrived at the village late in the night, dragged Biswas out of the house and later killed him by slitting his throat open on the outskirts of the village.
The villagers found the body of Biswas this morning with a Maoist poster in which the ultras have stated that they killed him for being a police informer. Police have rushed to the spot for an on-the-spot investigation.
Security forces apprehend two key Maoist militia members in Odisha
Report by Kishore Dash, Malkangiri: Two active militia member of CPI (Maoist) have been arrested in a joint operation by the Border Security Forces and local police from Pithakonda forest area under Kalimela police limits, claimed Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mahapatra in a press meet held at the District Police Office here today. The duos who have been identified as Budra Podiami alias Budra and Irma Kawasi alias Irma were nabbed in the wee hours today, the S.P told while producing them before the media.
They were joined the outlawed Maoist organization in 2003, Mahapatra told. Both the militia members were earlier apprehended by Kalimela police in 2009 on the charges of attempt to murder SPO Basudev Khillo.Even after their release from the jail, they were also involved in the killing of Bhima Kawasi of Pithakonda village in 2011. The arrest of the two wanted militia members will have a big impact on the prevailing LWE scenario in the region, claimed S.P Mitrabhanu Mahapatra adding their involvement in other offences are being investigated. IPS SDPO M.Sandeep Sampad was also present in the press meet.