Maoists hold meeting on first day of bandh
People from as many as 30 villages have reportedly attended a meeting conducted by the banned CPI (Maoist) on the Andhra-Odisha border on Monday, the first day of the two-day bandh. The meeting was conducted by the Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput division committee of the party and the committee’s secretary Venu had renewed the party’s warning to the five families that the party accused of involving in the killing of two Maoists near Korukonda in Visakha Agency during October last.
The party would not spare the five families but the rest of Girijans living on the Andhra-Odisha border need not fear the Maoists and could stay in their villages. There was no need for the Girijans to flee from their villages, he had reportedly said. Venu also demanded the people’s representatives to pass resolutions in the Gram Sabhas and legislative bodies against the State Government’s proposal to take up bauxite mining in the Agency area. He also wanted the people’s representatives to resign their posts and participate in the Girijans’ agitation against bauxite mining.
The large number of people participating in the meeting was significant since there was not much of Maoist activity in Visakha Agency and one Maoist was killed and some others had a narrow escape from police in exchanges of fire that took place in recent past. The bandh call received no response in the Agency on the first day.
Maoists sighted at Kelakam colony
KANNUR: The district police are on fresh alert following the latest sighting of suspected Maoists in a colony at Kelakam here on Monday. Three men in military fatigues visited the Ramachi colony in the Kelakam police station limits at 9.30 am and visited the house of one Kelappan and stayed for nearly 30 minutes, the police said adding that the men are suspected to be Maoists. Two of them were reportedly carrying firearms, the police said quoting local residents in the colony.
The Adivasi colony close to the forest area has only four families, the police informed. The suspected Maoists gave a copy of ‘Kattuthee’, Maoist mouthpiece, to the residents of the colony before they left for the forests. The police team that reached the area later conducted a search in the forest area close to the Karnataka border. Personnel of the Thunderbolts Kerala, the commando wing of the State police, also participated in the search operation.
Maoist Active in Tri-junction, Says Q Branch
MADURAI: A fresh alert issued by the Tamil Nadu Q Branch police to districts bordering Kerala has stated that there was increasing movement of Maoists in the tribal villages in Wayanad and Palakkad districts of Kerala. According to police sources, in the alert issued this week, the Q branch police have claimed at least two sightings of Maoists in the last week of June in two different tribal villages in Wayanad and Palakkad districts. One incident happened in Vallavetti village under the Agali police limits in Palakkad district in which around 35 Maoists in uniform, including five women, camped for a night. They allegedly spoke about their ideology to Tamil-speaking tribals, police sources said.
Another incident happened in Kurichiya colony, a tribal hamlet in Wayanad district in which five Maoists including two women distributed copies of their clandestine publication “Kaatuthee” to the villagers. The alert gains significance given the recent arrest of four people with Maoist links in Coimbatore. Police said at least three such alerts had been issued in the past one month which showed increased movement of Maoists in tribal villages in the three-state junction of Kerala, TN and Karnataka. The alert was issued to bordering districts of Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul, Nilgris and also Madurai and Erode. Police personnel have been asked to keep their eyes open to any suspicious movement in their respective districts.