Suspected Maoist Threat in Kerala, Security Stepped Up


Thiruvananthapuram: Police in the West Zone have stepped up deployment of forces and vigil along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border following a suspected Maoist attack on the house of a bank manager at Sulthan Patheri in Wayanad district of neighbouring Kerala.

Around 12.30 am on Tuesday, suspected Maoists attacked the house of Baskaran Nair, Manager of a bank at Kallu Mooku near Nambiyar Kunnu checkpost and set fire to his car. Kerala police, quoting eyewitnesses, said that the gang then entered the forest leading to a suspicion that they could be Maoists.

This is said to be the sixth incident in recent times after brazen attacks at Palakkad and in Silent Valley a couple of months ago.  Following the incident, police have stepped up combing operations and vigil along the Kerala border that runs through forests and plantations in the Nilgiris.