The naxalites appear to have raised their ugly head and this time the concern is Kerala. The problem came to light when an incident in which exchange of fire was reported by the police and naxals at the Vellamunda police limits at Waynad two days back. The naxals at Kerala have been lying low for some time and now there appears to be a sustained effort on on their part to announce their return. While Kerala has been successful in the past in combating this menace, it appears that the naxals have returned and are operating out of the forests in Northern Kerala.
Writing on the wal
After the naxals were beaten down in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, there were warnings issued that there is a possibility of them moving into Kerala. A large part of the command of the naxals has in fact moved into Kerala with an intention of strengthening the movement. Kerala is already facing a problem of Islamic terror and now that the naxals have decided to raise their ugly head yet again it appears that the Kerala police will have more issues on hand to deal with.
Naxal activities in Kerala have increased manifold: Govt
New Delhi: Activities of the Naxals in Kerala have increased manifold and situation in the state has the potential of becoming more serious if immediate preventive measures are not taken, according to a note prepared by the Home Ministry. In the 17-page note on CPI (Maoist), the Ministry said in recent times, the outfit is focusing on a southern theatre in the tri-junction of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
“The situation in Kerala has the potential of becoming more serious if immediate preventive measures are not taken,” the document prepared by the Left Wing Extremism division of the Ministry said. CPI (Maoist), in a change of strategy for the present, seems to be intent on consolidating its strength in select swathes of the country where, in their parlance, they were in a position of ‘strategic offensive’ against the state until recently. The note said the core of Maoist insurgency lies in 23 districts of India which reported 80 per cent of the total violent incidents in 2013.
The districts are: Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui, Muzaffarpur (Bihar), Bijapur, Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Sukma (Chhattisgarh) Chatra, Giridhi, Gumla, Khunti, Latehar, Palamu, Simdega, West Singhbhum (Jharkhand), Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), Koraput and Malkangiri (Odisha). The Ministry said it feels that inspite of the apparent decline in Maoist violence since 2011, the core military strength of CPI(Maoist) still remains in these areas and other adjoining districts.
“Sustained anti-Maoist operations have not dented the capability of the CPI(Maoist) to inflict significant damage on the security forces and the civilians at the place and time of their choosing in these areas,” it said. The note said in the Northeast, some elements of CPI (Maoist) exist in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. In all, the underground cadres of CPI (Maoist) exist in 15 states. “However, the front organisations of the CPI(Maoist) exist in 21 states and carry out overground agitational activities in an attempt to enlarge the mass-base of the party and prepare the state for armed insurrection,” it said.