The new unit has been named Varahini Dalam. The police suspected eight Maoists to be part of the unit. The Central Intelligence Bureau (IB) had alerted Kerala police on the possibility of a revenge attack. The report said there could be an attack in Kerala during summer when Maoists choose targets across the country.
Police stations and strategic institutions in Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts had been placed on high alert. Security had been beefed up for Devesh Kumar Behra, superintendent of police, who supervised the Nilambur operation in which the Maoists were killed.
As per reports, the Varahini dalam will work around the Wayanad Wildlife Reserve, Tamil Nadu’s Muthumala Wildlife center, and Karnataka’s Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Maoist leader C.P. Moideen heads the unit. The new unit is the fourth that the CPI (Maoists) have. The other units are Kabani Dalam comprising of Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malapuram districts, the Nadukani Dalam which focuses on Nilambur and Tamil Nadu’s Gudalur. The third one, Bhavani Dalam, is focused on areas like Palakkad and Coimbatore.