Naxals in South- IB dossier paints a scary picture
Bengaluru, Dec 22: There has been yet another attack by the Naxals in Kerala and this time it is at the Attapaddi village in Palakkad district. With posters calling for an armed revolution, the naxal menace in Kerala, which will affect the whole of South India appears to be back. On December 10th OneIndia had reported that the naxals are trying to raise their ugly head in Kerala. It was also reported that Chinese arms are helping the naxal movement and proof of the same was found after the Vellamunda incident. Todays suspected naxal attack is yet another grim reminder of this moment gaining momentum in Kerala and how it is spreading its tentacles to the whole of South India.
An Intelligence Bureau dossier on the rise of the rise of the naxal movement in South India which is with OneIndia states that the Communist Party of India-Maoist is expanding its base in the Western Ghats and the focus is specifically on Kerala. The report further states this movement which is re-emerging in Kerala attempts to gradually spread its tentacles to the rest of South India. Further it is also stated that the naxal movement is gaining in strength at Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur in Kerala and Mysore, Kodagu, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Shimoga in Karnataka.
In Kerala it has been found that the movement is gradually gaining momentum. They are carrying out smaller attacks with an intent of announcing themselves rather than large scale destruction. They have sophisticated arms which are sent by the Chinese smuggler into Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka. Further the report also states that the naxals in Kerala are relying heavily on the unions at the rubber and tea plantations. They want more manpower and local support and by carrying out these small attacks they propose to grab the attention of possible supporters and sympathizers.
The report states that across South India there are around 124 small time groups which support the naxal ideology and these could prove to be dangerous if not curbed.
Andhra and Tamil Nadu:
Tamil Nadu has become the favourite landing spot for arms. The IB report states that the naxals are in touch with some LTTE sympathizers who are in turn helping the naxals. A recent training camp at the Dandakaranya forest in Andhra Pradesh with the help of the LTTE sympathizers had also come under the radar of the Intelligence Bureau. The idea is to conduct training camps and also interlink the movement between the Southern states.
Karanataka has had its fair share of the naxal problem and like Andhra Pradesh had managed to beat down the problem. However what the officers in Karnataka need to watch out for is that the movement is gaining momentum in the neighbouring states and this could well end up becoming a problem for Karnataka. In Karnataka there is a great influx of labour from various parts of the country working in both the Coffee plantation sector and also the construction business.
The naxals are tapping these labour and feeding them with ideas and telling them to protest and demand better pay packages. There have been instances of naxal sympathizers getting in touch with these labour and telling them that their cause would be taken up. A Karantaka state intelligence bureau official said that the problem is under check for now. However we need to raise our alertness levels and ensure that the movement does not return to the state once again.
Bhelke couple handed over to Gondia police
Alleged senior Naxal leader Arun Bhanudas Bhelke (38) and his wife Kanchan Ramkrushna Nanaware (31), who were arrested by the Pune Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), were handed over to the Gondia district police for further investigation and case hearings at the Gondia court. Both the accused were produced in the special court of judge Mangala Dhote on Saturday. A team from the ATS, along with Gondia police, were present in the court and requested that the duo be transferred to investigate Bhelke’s involvement in several other Maoist movement cases in Naxal-affected areas of Vidarbha. Advocates Wajed Khan Bidkar and Surendra Gadling who are representing Bhelke, said, “We have not been updated why our clients have been transferred by the investigating agencies.”
A source from the ATS said, “The Gondia police will probably investigate the accused in connection with alleged Naxal leader Sudhir Dhawale. Dhawale is a Dalit activist and editor of the magazine, Vidrohi, which openly criticised the state in cases of social inequality. He was recently acquitted after spending over three years in jail. The Bhelke couple was arrested on September 2 in Pune by the ATS and booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities.
KFC, McDonald’s Attacked by Maoists in Kerala
PALAKKAD: A group of suspected Maoists attacked a forest office at Attappadi and two restaurants at Chandranagar in Palakkad district of Kerala in early morning on Monday. In another incident, a forest outpost at Vellamunda in Wayanad was also attacked by the alleged ultras. No casualty was reported. Sources said the outlets of KFC and McDonald on the Palakkad – Coimbatore national highway were attacked in the wee hours. Anti-US pamphlets and posters calling for armed revolution were found on the spot.
According to sources, a group of 19 people stormed into the building which houses the Silent Valley office around 1.30 AM and set fire to a jeep of the forest officials parked outside the complex. Furniture and other documents inside the office were destroyed. The gang had sped away before the forest officials and police arrived. Walkie talkie, Camera and other valuables were found missing from the office. Police have recovered pro-Maoist posters from the spot.
Maoists attack forest offices in two places in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: Suspected Maoists today attacked offices of forest department in Palakkad and Waynad districts in Kerala in the wee hours. No one was hurt in both the incidents. Billboards and posters allegedly by Maoists were found in both the places, police said. A forest range office at Mukkala in the Attapady region of Palakkad district, one of the main tribal hamlets in the state, was attacked and some of the furniture in the office damaged. In the other incident, an office of “Vana Samrakshana Samithi” was vandalised by the outlawed activists at Kunhom at Vellamunda forest area in Waynad district.
Maoist attack: Alert sounded at all check posts on TN-Kerala border
UDHAGAMANDALAM: An alert has been sounded at all check posts in Nilgiris district following the suspected Maoist attacks in Palakkad and Wayanad districts of Kerala, bordering the state, early today, police said.
Maoist attack: Two in custody
PALAKKAD: The police have taken into custody two persons suspected to have connections in the Maoist attack at the Silent Valley office in Palakkad. The two natives of Kasargod were taken into custody from a bus proceeding to Mangara. A special team is questioning them.
Meanwhile, as the Maoists are killing more and more civilians, the State Government has decided to urge the Centre to provide two more battalions of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) and two more choppers to tackle the menace, reports The Pioneer on December 22. Chief Secretary GC Pati chaired a Unified Command Meeting on December 19 to take stock of the situation of Maoist violence.
MBA graduate arrested in Andhra Pradesh for supplying arms to Naxals
The Eluru city Police of West Godavari District arrested an MBA graduate, identified as Yellasri Sarath Reddy ailas Sarath Kumar, for allegedly manufacturing and supplying crude firearms to Naxalites-[Left-Wing Extremists (LWEs)], reports The Hindu on December 21. A special team of Police also seized pistol rods, iron sheets and springs used to make fire arms, magazines, a laptop and printer at his house in Autunagar in West Godavari District.