Police on Sunday said there was exchange of fire between police and suspected Maoists gang in a forest region at North Kerala’s Wayanad district. In its recent history, Kerala had not so far reported any direct encounter between police and Maoists.
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said thunderbolt, a special police force, were search for the Maoists in the forest, when they fired at the police team and police also returned fire several rounds. However, there was no casualty, said the home minister.
He said all police stations in Wayanad district have been asked to step up alert, but there was no panic situation. The incident was reported from Vellamunda police station limits in Wayand, where the special police force was on combing operation.
On November 18, a resort under neighbouring Thirunelli police limits was ransacked by a four-member gang. Two weeks later, CPI (Maoist) had claimed that they were behind the attack.
In a press release issued to the media, the Western Ghats zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist) said the attack was a warning against “the real estate-tourism mafia,’’ which has ravaged the hills of Wayanad district.
Earlier this month, the CPI (Maoists) had claimed that they were behind the attack on the corporate office of Nitta Gelatin India Limited (NGIL) in Kochi. The office of the Japan-India venture was ransacked in broad daylight, after threatening the security guards.
Since February, 2012, suspected Maoists activities were reported from Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kannur, all North Kerala districts. Police had recovered pamphlets, suspected to be distributed by Maoists gangs.
Many tribal people had claimed that they had a face-to-face with Maoists, but police had not so far met any one.