CPI (Maoist) Team Conducts Propaganda Campaign In Wayanad District

Wayanad District, December 29, 2023: A team of cadres belonging to the Communist Party of India (Maoist) put up posters on Thursday night at a tribal settlement in Kerala’s Wayanad district, claiming that a leading Maoist cadre was killed in a firefight with police that took place in Kannur district on November 13, 2023.

A note written by Comrade Jogi, spokesperson of Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist), that appeared along with the posters, said leading party cadre Kavitha, alias Lakshmi, was killed in the encounter and that the Maoist party would retaliate against the police action. One of the posters read that “the murder was a plot hatched by the Modi and Pinarayi governments for corporates to loot the Western Ghats.”

The note claimed that the skirmish between the elite commando force Thunderbolt and a squad of People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA, armed wing of the CPI (Maoist)) cadres encamped at Uruppukutty in Ayyankunnu grama panchayat was quite unexpected, and that Kavitha sustained bullet injuries in the gun battle.

Though Kavitha was rescued from the site, she succumbed to her injuries later. Her body was cremated on the Western Ghats “befitting a fighter”, it said.

The note claimed that the Maoist party had “faced police action four times in the area in a month as part of Operation Samadhan, an operation of the (Narendra) Modi government to obliterate the Maoist forces ahead of the Lok Sabha election with the support of the Pinarayi (Vijayan) government.”

It further claimed that the police force was focused on taking action against Maoists at Kelakam, Ayyankunnu and Aralam in Kannur district, and Thavinhall and Thirunelly in Wayanad district.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/maoist-posters-appear-in-wayanad-claim-woman-cadre-was-killed-in-police-encounter/article67686553.ece