KANNUR: Police have strengthened surveillance after suspected Maoists visited Ambayathode near Kottiyoor in the district yesterday, where they held a demonstration and pasted posters. A case has also been registered under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), said police.
According to the local residents, four suspected Maoists, including a woman, reached the tiny town around 6am on January 20, and pasted the posters after raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, accusing them of having a nexus. Some of them were carrying guns, said the people.
One of the posters, in the name of CPI Maoist, urged the people to cooperate with the ‘Bharat Bandh’ they called on January 31, against the central government’s ‘Operation Samadhan’, to fight the Left Wing Extremism.
The poster alleged the government mission is to create a peaceful path to empower Brahmin Hindu fascists, and for this they are killing and jailing the Maoists, dalits and minority community. It also said the killing of four Maoists at Attapady in Palakkad should be avenged.
Following the Maoist appearance, Kelakam police have registered a case under UAPA and also launched a combing operation, said Iritty ASP Anand R.
“By the time the police launched the combing operation, they vanished into the forest, but we have strengthened the surveillance,” he said.
Earlier also Maoists were spotted in the locality on a few occasions but the police could not trace them.
Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kozhikode/maoist-demonstration-in-kannur-police-strengthen-surveillance/articleshow/73477176.cms