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Kerala: Maoists enter tribal colony, exchange fire with police

Kerala: Police recovered notices from the colony premises, which urged the people to join the warpath to strengthen the communist movement.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
September 27, 2016 2:56:05 pm

Kerala Police on Tuesday said they had an exchange of fire with suspected Maoists at a tribal colony near Nilambur in Malappuram district on Monday night. Police said a six-member armed team of suspected Maoists had sneaked into at tribal colony at Mundakkal under Pookkottumpadam police limits in Malappuram district.

“The team, comprising five men and a woman, was giving lectures to the tribals, in one of the houses at the colony. They were speaking in Malayalam which has a Tamil touch. On spotting police, they rushed out of the house. While fleeing the colony, they fired at police, who also returned several rounds of fire. However, none from either side was injured,” police said.

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Following the incident, police conducted massive search in the forest near the colony, situated 12 km away from the local police station. Police have recovered notices from the colony premises, which urged the people to join the warpath to strengthen the communist movement.

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Police said suspected Maoist activists had visited the colony several times in the past and hence the region has been under police surveillance. “Maoists have no sympathizers in the colony. The tribals were threatened by the gang to listen to their lectures. Hence, we would not register any case against the tribals.”

Nilambur region, which shares border with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, has reported suspected Maoist presence in the recent past. There had been a few incidents of attacks on forest installations in the region.

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