Wayanad District, October 12, 2023: In spite of the increased efforts of the Kerala Police to expel the CPI (Maoist) from Wayanad district, actions carried out by cadres of the Maoist party continue unabated in Kambamala and nearby regions.
The police have intensified combing operations using a helicopter and drones, aided by Thunderbolt commandos, for the past four days in the region. Despite this, as many as five armed Maoist cadres reportedly entered a private resort in Makkimala, near Kambamala, around 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.
A. Joby, manager of the resort run by Makkimala Tea Estate management, said the Maoists used his phone to share a statement with media persons. They behaved politely and collected provisions such as rice and vegetables before leaving around 8:30 pm, he added.
According to the statement, signed by Comrade Meera, the spokesperson of the Kabani Area Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), the workers of the Kambamala tea estate under the Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC) had good relations with the Maoists. However, some workers were misguided by district leaders of trade unions associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The leaders of these parties tried to threaten and persuade the workers to speak against the Maoist party.
The combing operations being carried out with the support of security forces from other States were the result of the intervention of the Maoists for the rights of the workers, she said.
Comrade Meera called for a united agitation of workers against State-sponsored terrorism in the region.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/no-end-to-recurring-maoists-presence-in-wayanad/article67412653.ece