Security beefed up in Nilambur after Maoist threat

Published: 20th July 2013 09:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2013 12:14 PM   |  A+A-

The police have beefed up security for police stations bordering the Nilambur forest in Malappuram district on the basis of an intelligence report about possible attack by extremist groups.

Central intelligence agencies have tipped off the state government that the Maoists are planning to observe the death anniversary of their leader Charu Majumdar on July 28 by attacking police stations. The intelligence report has been given to various states. Malappuram, Wayanad and Palakkad districts face the possibility of such an attack in the state.

However, the report hints that one of the police stations in Malappuram is under high-risk category. The security was tightened months ago after police got clues about Maoist presence in Nilambur area.  

‘A forest haven for Maoists’

The intelligence agencies consider the Nilambur forest as one of the safe havens for the Maoists in the state. The dense forest gives good cover for the extremists and its links with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu provides them easy access to various locations.

Thunderbolt, the commando team of the Kerala Police, has conducted several raids on the Nilambur forest following the suspicion of Maoist presence there. The people living in nearby areas have reportedly confirmed seeing some senior Maoist leaders in the forest when their photos were shown to them by the police team


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