Maoist Threat: Security Tightened at Toll Plaza

Published: 21st November 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

THRISSUR: In the wake of Maoist attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin at Kochi and a resort in Wayanad, the Thrissur district police have sounded an alert and intensified security at the Paliyekkara Toll Plaza on the National Highway 47 in Thrissur.  Speaking to ‘Express’, Thrissur rural superintendent of police N Vijayakumar said there has been intelligence report that the Maoists or its frontal organisations may target the toll plaza, as part of its 10th anniversary in Kerala.

Following the threat by the Maoists, the police have tightened security around the toll plaza by deploying armed guards besides the customary security alert in all police stations including those close to the forest areas, where the peripheral patrolling has been intensified, he said.

According to the intelligence report, toll plazas and other establishments that had become a centre of public protests in the recent past figured in their hitlist. In addition, some of the organisations which have an ideological leaning to the Maoist movement have been taking part in the anti-toll strike programmes here over the past few years. In this backdrop, the police intensified the security cover, said Vijyakumar. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the other day that the police were closely monitoring recent attacks allegedly linked to the Maoists. The attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin at Kochi on November 10 and an attack on the Thirunelli Agraha Resort in Wayanad on Tuesday morning by a four-member armed gang was suspected to get the sympathy of the locals. Various organisations have been taking out protest marches to the toll plaza demanding its closure following repeated hike in the toll being levied from the public.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp