Elite Commando Team Thunderbolt Begins hunt for Maoists in Western Ghats

Published on: 15 May, 2013
Published under: Thrissur District News

14 May 2013

A 30-member Thunderbolt commando team of the state police, which reached Thrissur on Sunday, took out massive combing operations at Vellikulangara and Pariyaram forest ranges in search of suspected Maoists on Monday.The operations were carried out with the assistance of the local police and Forest officials following the intelligence reports about possible Maoist presence in the Western Ghats.

“The forest guards, along with a 30-member team of the Kerala Thunderbolts, an elite group of commandos specially trained for tackling possible terror strikes in the state, carried out search operations at Choolakadavu, Mullapana, Koramala, Karikkadavu and Anapandam forest areas,” said K Abdul Rasaqu, Deputy Range Officer, Pariyram Forest Range.

“The search operations concluded around 2.30 pm. However, the team will continue the search operation in Varanadarapilly and Athirappilly forest ranges on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively,” said A Sumesh, Kodakara Circle Inspector, who took part in the operation.A week ago, some media houses had received a letter undersigned by suspectedMaoist leader Jogi, spoke person of the Western Ghats special zonal committee of CPI (Maoist), declaring that the Maoists have formed guerrilla squads in the Western Ghat areas in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states and have started training camps and operations.

Source– http://newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Thunderbolt-team-begins-hunt-for-Maoists-in-Western-Ghats/2013/05/14/article1589196.ece

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