Thunderbolt Commandos Failed to Trace Maoists

Published on: 28 Oct, 2013
Published under: Kozhikode District News

28 October 2013

With the special force to carry out anti-Maoist operations in the state still remaining on paper, the ongoing commando operations in the Western Ghats region following reports of the presence of operatives of the armed Left radical outfits have failed to achieve any major breakthrough yet.

Interestingly, an RTI reply reveals that a sum of `2,24,713 has been spent as fuel charges for the vehicles used by ‘Thunderbolt’ commandos for carrying out the operations till September 30, which commenced in February this year.

According to the officials of India Reserve Battalion, Thrissur, which monitors the ‘Thunderbolt’ commandos, the search operations are underway in northern districts. So far, police have identified Maoist presence in 14 regions coming under the limits of 31 police stations in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode Rural, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thrissur. However, the members of the commando team could not trace anybody.

As per the reports of the Intelligence, the eight-member Maoist group comprising CPI Maoist leader Roopesh alias Praveen, and his wife Shyna, Shinoj, Vikram Gowda, Mahesh Jayanna aka Mahesh, Sundari, Mundukar Latha alias Mundukkari Latha and Ravi aka Raveendran had reached Payyavur in Kannur in February. Later they moved to Nilambur forests and then to Karinkanni Kattunaykka Colony, Wayanad.

However, the RTI reply said that the state government had not accepted assistance from the Union Government for the search operations in Western Ghats region.Of this Maoist group, five members of the team had conducted many operations including attack on police officers at Dakshina Kannada, Uduppi and other parts of Karnataka. The Karnataka police, which extended assistance for the anti-Maoist operations of Kerala police in bordering districts, had handed over this information to the state’s top officials. Reliable sources with the police said that these regions are under strict surveillance of the Thunderbolt commandos. “The insurgents are well-armed and have good knowledge about the inner forest regions. Without getting a clear picture of the situation, tracking them down is a difficult job,” said an official, who took part in the anti-Maoist combing operations.


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