COIMBATORE: A video, purportedly that of a Maoists’ meeting in the forests along the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border, that took place before the encounter killing of two rebel leaders two weeks ago, has revealed that a few of the participants spoke Tamil.
One Maoist killed in the encounter was Kuppuraj, a Tamil from Krishnagiri district. The video, which reveals the increasing participation of Tamils in Maoist activities, has kept state police on their toes.
Q-branch officials confirmed that the video was shot two months ago. During the meeting they discussed setting up a second base at the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
On November 25, Thunder Bolt team from Kerala police had encountered two Maoists, Kuppu alias Devaraj and Ajitha at Nilambur forest, while exchanging fire at Malappuram district.
The video shows Kuppu addressing other Maoists who possessed arms. He urged them to intensify armed protest at the tri-junction of the three states. Ajitha also addressed the cadres, and motivated them along similar lines. More than 30 people had participated in the meeting at the end of which they raised slogans in Tamil.
According to Q branch police sources, a dentist and two youths from Sathyamangalam and Pollachi are working for the CPI (Maoist). Another person from Ukkadam in Coimbatore has already obtained weapons training in Kerala. The dentist is still absconding while the others are under shadow watch.
According to sources, the Maoists are working in two groups. One group works mainly in urban areas, propagating their ideology and recruiting people while the other works mainly inside the forest and they are armed.