Maoists make their presence felt in Wayanad villages again

Maoists make their presence felt in Wayanad villages again
A banner put up by Maoists at Adivaram, Kozhikode.

Mananthavadi: Maoists have reappeared in Wayanad after a short interval. Four of them, all armed, arrived at Thalappuzha Kappikkalam in Thavinjal panchayat on Wednesday night. The gang distributed leaflets at houses and pasted up posters at the government high school and on the wall of a house on the dam road.

Harping on the floods in Kerala, the leaflet begins by offering red salute to “humanitarians who served the people risking their own lives and property at a time when the government and the volunteers turned passive onlookers.” It also blames the government of “having drowned people without properly handling water stored in the dams.”

The gang, which included a woman, raised slogans as they arrived, but fled as a police vehicle passed the area. A police team led by Mananthavadi DySP K M Devassia reached the spot at night itself. The police and Thunderbolt force also carried out a search at Kappikkalam, Poyil, Makkimala areas.

The woman has been identified as Savithri of Kabani Dalam, for whom the police had issued a lookout notice. The police have filed a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Meanwhile, a case has also been filed at Sugandhagiri Amba, where an armed group that introduced itself as Maoists, snatched flood relief kits. Maoists were reported to have arrived at Mattikkunnu in Thamarassery the other day. Many people from faraway places are arriving at Thalappuzha and Makkimala to offer assistance to flood victims. The Maoist presence has raised fears that flood relief will be affected.

The police have seized 10 banners put up by Maoists at the Muppathekkar transformer junction on Nalam Valavu road in Kozhikode district. The posters are in the name of Kabani Dalam.

A leaflet distributed by the Maoists at Thalappuzha.

A leaflet titled 'Kaattuthee' has also been found. The Thunderbolt and the Intelligence wing arrived at the location and made inquiries.

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