Combing stepped up along border
Combing operations have been stepped up in the forests and villages along the Nilgiris-Kerala border following reports of Maoist activities in some parts of Kerala. Police sources told The Hindu here on Friday that the Special Task Force and local police have launched joint operations. The move follows information that the presence of Maoists was suspected in the forests of Vellikulambathur, Agazhi, Arukala estate and Patanakkal in Kerala. A team led by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Coimbatore Range, Ayush Mani Tiwari, combed the forests and hamlets in Kaatamedu near Cherambadi.
Maoists attack construction company office in Bihar
ARWAL: Armed Maoists attacked a road construction company office here and set on fire vehicles and four motorcycles in Bihar’s naxal-hit Arwal district.
Home ministry wants more south India districts under anti-Naxalite scheme
NEW DELHI: The home ministry has moved a Cabinet note seeking approval for its new counter-left-wing extremism doctrine, which envisages inclusion of additional districts on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka junction under the security related expenditure scheme (SRE) and seeks control of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) scheme hitherto administered by the Planning Commission. The new counter-LWE plan proposes upgrading of SRE scheme to cover at least half a dozen new districts located in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu-Karnataka axis, besides pitching for autonomy to the home ministry to make changes to the list of SRE items (this now requires Cabinet approval). This comes amid concerns over growing Maoist influence in south India, particularly in certain districts in North Kerala.
Maoist scare derails welfare plans
Activists accuse police of creating fear psychosis
Tribal hamlets in Attappady have fallen quiet over the last four months following fears generated by the police over the reported sighting of Maoists in the surrounding forest areas. All tribal colonies are under the constant vigil of anti-Maoist Thunderbolt police commando and forest officials, who accuse them of providing hospitality to Maoists.
Human rights activists and social workers say the Maoist scare has torpedoed almost all development and welfare initiatives for tribespeople. “I have not seen any Maoist in my locality. I feel their presence only through reports in the regional media, quoting police sources. If there is a real threat, the police should intensify combing to nab them. Or else, it would turn out to be a ploy to deny basic rights to the people in Attappady region, the most backward by all development indexes,” says K.A. Ramu, a Muduga tribesman who works with the voluntary organisation, Thambu. “The police system in Attappady is corrupt and inefficient. They create the Maoist scare wilfully to conceal their failure. The local media had reported that four Maoists had visited Vellakulam tribal hamlet last Sunday and spent two hours interacting with the residents there. The Thunderbolt force reached there only on Tuesday. Even the police are not serious about the Maoist stories they generate,” says Basheer Mundola, a local social worker. “If the police are serious, they can easily contain the Maoist threat, if any,” he adds.
Landmines recovered near Telangana-Chhattisgarh border
The Venkatapuram circle police have reportedly recovered landmines allegedly planted by Maoists in the Karkodupadu forest area in Charla mandal near the inter-State border with Chhattisgarh State on Saturday. According to sources, the ultras allegedly planted the landmines in the forest route targeting the security forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations along the thickly forested areas bordering the strife-torn parts of the neighbouring State. The police have reportedly detained four persons including a Maoist squad member, a militia commander and two sympathisers in this connection.