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Kerala Timeline 2013



February 13

A Special Team of armed Police continued combing operation in the forest areas near Cherupuzha village in Kannur District of Kerala, for the second day, following eyewitness accounts of the presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in the forest area on the Karnataka side.

Police in Kannur, Kasargod and Wayanad Districts of Kerala and their counterparts in the neighbouring Karnataka have been put on high alert following reports of threats of possible attacks on some of the Police Stations by Maoists.

February 14

Kerala Police personnel and specially trained commandos intensified their search operation on the Kerala-Karnataka border areas after confirming the presence of five CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, in the area.

February 18

Police arrested Ajayan Manoor, accused and the alleged mastermind behind a secret meeting of suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Mavelikara in the Alappuzha District was arrested from his house at Manoor, near Muvattupuzha.

State Home Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, told the State Assembly about the Government's intent to establish a New Action Force to deal with the threat of Maoists, whose presence in the State's Western Ghat forest area has been noticed.

February 24

The Special Commando Force of Kerala Police, Thunderbolt, conducted combing operations at Munderi forests in Malappuram District of Kerala, following fresh reports about sighting of an armed gang of CPI-Maoist cadres.

March 9

The UMHA has asked the Kerala Government to closely observe the activities of four organizations whose activities allegedly reflect the CPI-Maoist influence.

March 19

CPI-Maoist leader Roopesh has, in an article in the new edition of Mathrubhumi weekly, confirmed that the rebels have formed a new guerrilla zone (special zonal committee) in south India.

March 21

A 30-member Thunderbolt Commando team, along with forest department officials, carried out searches in Aralam and Kannavam forest areas of Kannur District following reports of presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in areas bordering Kerala and Karnataka.

Kerala ADGP N. Shanker Reddy, visited the Police Stations in the eastern hill areas of Kannur District bordering Karnataka that are on high alert in the wake of reports of the presence of suspected Maoists.

July 10

Kerala State intelligence department has sounded an alert and identified 45 Police Stations that are vulnerable to attacks by CPI-Maoist.

August 31

Police started investigation into the appearance of CPI-Maoist posters at two locations at Koyilandi in Kozhikode District on August 30. The printed posters are in the name of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee (WGSZC) of the CPI-Maoist.

September 28

A team from Karnataka Police arrested an employee of KSRTC at Thamarassery of Kozhikode District of Kerala following suspicion that the person has some links with CPI-Maoist.

October 4

In the wake of reports of the presence of armed militants in forest and tribal areas in parts of Kerala, the State Government has appointed Nodal and Special Officers for 'Anti-Naxal Operations - Co-ordination of Development activities in Tribal areas' in the six northern Districts.

October 5

CPI-Maoist cadres were sighted again in Wayanad District. Seven persons, including a woman, reached the house of Appachan, a farmer at Mundakkai, near Mepadi, around 6.15 p.m. on October 5, introducing themselves as Maoists.

October 8

CPI-Maoist cadres are making serious attempts to expand their activities in Kerala. Intelligence inputs on this have been shared by the Centre with the State Government.

October 22

Kerala Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that the Kerala Police have intensified their anti-CPI-Maoist operations in seven northern Districts of the state following reports of presence of Maoists.

October 29

CPI-Maoist cadres have threatened that they will block any attempt by banks to initiate recovery proceedings against farmers in Wayanad District who have failed to repay loans.

November 18

Minister for Home Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the State Government was planning a multi-pronged approach to tackle the CPI-Maoist threat, including the establishment of a special anti-terrorist force. Replying to questions at a press conference, Radhakrishnan said the Home Department had decided to strengthen 16 Police Stations in the tribal areas, in addition to opening Jana Maithri Police Stations.

November 22

There were reports that a five-member armed group, suspected to be CPI-Maoist cadres, was sighted in Wayanad District. The Police said the armed group had entered a colony of forest dwellers in the Arimala forests in the Vellamundy Police Station limits in Wayanad and sought provisions, chiefly rice, dried red chillies, and pulses, from the residents. The group included two women, and they reportedly conversed among themselves in Kannada. The Districts now on alert included chiefly Wayanad and Kozhikode (Rural).

December 17

A goods van driver who went to collect grass from the Government Seed Farm at Munderi, near Edakkara in Malappuram District, was injured in an attack by a group believed to be CPI-Maoist cadres.

December 20

Kannur range IG Suresh Raj Purohit will oversee the anti-CPI-Maoist operations in the State.

Note:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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