Displacement of tribals make Maoists turn their attention to north Kerala
NEW DELHI: The banned CPI(Maoist) is eyeing fertile ground for building its presence in at least three districts of northern Kerala – Malappuram, Palakkad and Wayanad. They intend to exploit the popular sentiment against environmental pollution caused by mining and quarrying activity, exploitation of natural resources, alleged high-handedness and misdeeds of forest and police officials and displacement of tribals due to tourism projects and wildlife sanctuaries. The Maoists have announced their arrival in Kerala with recent actions including vandalization of a forest outpost in Wayanad, MNC-owned fast food restaurants in Palakkad and a tourist resort in Wayanad.
Recently, the CPI(Maoist) through its mouthpiece highlighted the miserable condition of tribals in Manjeri in Malappuram district and blamed it on the attitude of forest and tribal welfare departments. It claimed to have forced the state government to address problems of the affected people, including tribals. The extremist outfit has already formed an armed squad in Malappuram district. A series of recent actions undertaken by Western Ghats special zonal committee of the CPI(Maoist) in Palakkad and Wayanad over the past few days have left the central security establishment worried over Kerala being the latest entrant to the list of LWE-hit states.
For instance, suspected Maoists vandalized a forest outpost in Wayanad and a forest range office in Palakkad on December 21 and 22. Another group targeted two fast food restaurants of multi-national companies in Palakkad on December 22. Pamphlets issued by the outfit were recovered from the attack site, giving the call for intensification of “class struggle” and asserting people’s right over land, water and forest resources.
Two suspected Maoist sympathisers sent to nine days Police custody in Kerala
The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court at Chittur in Palakkad District on December 26 granted nine days Police custody for two suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) sympathisers arrested in connection with the attack on two multinational fast food joints on December 22, reports The Hindu. The prosecution’s demand for 10 days Police custody was rejected by the court. The case came up before the Chittur court as the Palakkad magistrate was on leave.
Under-attack adivasis might look to Maoists, fret agencies
GUWAHATI: Security agencies engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Assam are worried about the possibility of Adivasis moving closer to Maoists because of frequent armed attacks on them. In recent years, Maoists have stepped up their activities in Assam’s tea belt dominated by Adivasis. Similar fears raised by security forces about Muslims after the frequent Bodo attacks against them last year and in the past have now turned true as elements from Bangladesh have now infiltrated into the minority community.
Last month, Assam Police nabbed 11 members of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the minority dominated districts of Barpeta, Nalbari and Dhubri in connection with the Burdwan (West Bengal) blast case. “The logic is simple: After being at the receiving end, each community will tend to look for ways to defend itself,” said a police officer. “The ministry of home affairs had raised this fear about the Muslims in the Bodo heartland in July last shortly after the ethnic cleansing drive by Bodos and in just over a year, the JMB module was discovered here.” Significantly, every community in Assam has more than one militant outfit. The Ulfa represented majority Assamese community, while there have been more than three Bodos outfits.
Similar is the story for Dimasa and Karbi tribes and the Koch-Rajbongshi community. There are three active Muslim radical groups in the state There are five adivasis militant outfits, all of which were engaged in peace process during P Chidambaram’s last tenure as home minister. The Assam government is determined to prevent Maoists from gaining foothold in the state as they have brought Assam, Nagaland and Manipur under their ‘eastern regional bureau,’ which includes West Bengal, Jharkhand and the eastern coastal region as well. “There is an ambitious design of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PGLA) to extend its ‘Red Corridor’ into Assam, Nagaland and Manipur,” a security source said and added Siliguri corridor is being silently intruded by the CPI (Maoist) cadres to spread their bases in the northeast and neighbouring Bhutan. “They (Maoists) have already made their presence known in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Dhemaji and Tinsukia districts in Assam.
The PLGA’s next destinations are two other northeastern states of Manipur and Nagaland,” the source said. The Union ministry of home affairs declared Assam a Maoist-hit state when it renewed the ‘disturbed area’ tag under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for the state in November 2013. “We are giving due attention to the grievances of the Adivasi communities to prevent the entry of Maoists into Assam,” said an official. “We are keeping a close watch on the activities of the Maoists in the state but at the same time we have to erase the feeling of neglect and alienation among the different communities and empower them.” The source said Maoists have been able to influence some youth from the state and few Khamti boys from Arunachal Pradesh.
…Meanwhile CPI Maoist has called a day-long bandh on Saturday to protest against the arrest of Sanjay Ganjhu, member of CPI Maoist Bihar-Jharkhand-North-Chhatisgarh special area committee on December 12 from Simdega district. The West Singhbhum district police had arrested him in an alleged encounter with police during which he sustained a bullet injury in his right leg.
Cane bomb recovered
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district police unearthed a cane bomb planted on the Pek-Budhgadda road in Maoist affected Upparghat area in Bokaro district on Thursday.