Maoists all set to launch anti-election campaign in Tribal regions of Kerala

According to reports, Maoist groups in Kerala are planning to launch a campaign to keep the tribals away from participating in the forthcoming General elections. Police intelligence suggest that frequent visits of Maoistleaders to the tribal settlements are part of their preparations for the campaign.

The Maoist groups are planning to hold meetings in various tribal areas to spread the anti-election propaganda. Recently, a three-member group of Maoists visited human inhabited areas of Munderi region of Nilambur on Friday night and the group had distributed pamphlets in the region. The group members have been identified as Vikram Gowda, Santhosh and Unnimaya, whose presence in tri-junction of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu forests have already confirmed. They are prominent leaders of the banned CPI(Maoist).

Six days ago, an armed gang of three Maoist leaders visited Thanikkadavu near Vazhikada. A week ago, a team of Maoists had distributed ‘Kattuthee’, a bulletin published by their People’s Liberation Guerilla Army, in Manchakode near Edakkara.

According to sources in the anti-terrorist squad of police, CPI(Maoist) had launched an anti-election campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha poll in 2014, as part of their national-level agenda to boycott the election. But the campaign was not effective in Kerala as they had no active presence in the region.

But the group has managed to form Kabani Dalam in Wayanad, Nadukani Dalam in Malappuram and Bhavani Dalam and Shiruvani Dalam in Palakkad during past five years and the organization is planning to launch a detailed campaign in the region this time.

After the police encounter with Maoists near Nilambur in 2016, in which two Maoists leaders were killed, police had recovered material for anti-election campaign.

A police source said that the Maoist group feel that the government would not carry out any major operations against Maoists as the general election is approaching.

“Police have decided to intensify search for the group inside the forest,” the source said.

(With inputs from agencies)