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Maoists hunt: ‘Poratam’ leader held in Wayanad

Maoists hunt: ‘Poratam’ leader held in Wayanad

Kozhikode: The police Friday took ‘Poratam’ leader C K Gopalan into custody at Pulpally as part of a search for Maoists along the Kerala-Karnataka border areas in Wayanad district.

Gopalan was taken into custody in the wake of some pro-Maoist posters appeared in the area. The police will reportedly register his arrest son.

Some posters appeared in some areas of Wayanad calling for helping Maoists activists who fight for a ‘new democratic India.’

Police have intensified searches in Wayanad district with specially trained commandos after they reportedly confirmed the presence of Maoists there.

Specially trained 'Thunderbolt' commandos of state police arrived in Wayanad Wednesday night and began a joint operation with forest officials and various branches of police force to flush out the Maoists.

Kannur Superintendent of Police Rahul R Nair had Wednesday confirmed the presence of Maoists along the borders of the two states. However, he said the exact number of persons in the group and type of weapons they used was yet to be ascertained.

He had also said police stations along Kerala-Karnataka border in Kannur and Wayanad districts have been advised to be on alert.

Police had conducted intensive searches at Pulingom forest area in Kannur district on Kerala-Karntaka border last Tuesday in the wake of reports of Maoist presence in the area.

The combing operations were based on reports from locals in Pulingom and Mankandy on the border of having sighted a group of suspicious looking people, suspected to be Maoists.

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