COIMBATORE: In an attempt to thwart Maoist incursion in under developed tribal settlements across the district, Tamil Nadu Q branch has identified and forwarded a list of 71 tribal villages to the district administration, seeking their immediate intervention. The police have asked the revenue and other related departments to speed up the implementation of government schemes mainly pertaining to basic amenities like issuing ration cards, health and rural connectivity. The recent arrest of suspected Maoist commander Roopesh, his wife Shyna and their accomplices from Karumathampatti, has further strengthened the police suspicions that Maoist elements are trying to setup base among tribals in the region.
“We have received a letter listing out 71 tribal villages from Q branch headquarters few days ago. Based on the letter, we are trying to speed up these government schemes,” said a senior officer from the district administration. The 71 settlements identified are scattered in five Taluks including Valparai with high tribal populations. According to sources, the 71 settlements are coming under Valparai, Pollachi, Mettupalayam, Perur and Coimbatore North. Following the letter, the district administration has issued 97 ration cards to 97 tribal families.