Kannur, Jan 20: A group of four armed suspected Maoists, including one woman, visited Ambayathode town in this district in the early hours on Monday and distributed pro-Maoist pamphlets and stuck posters.
Police teams led by Iritty ASP R Anand have intensified search operations along with Thunderbolt personnel, an elite commando force of the Kerala Police, and Anti-Naxal squad in the nearby areas with the support of forest department officials at Kottiyoor wildlife sanctuary to nab the Maoists. According to Police sources, the suspected Maoists, three of them carrying guns, handed over pamphlets to the employees who reached Ambayathode bus stand in Kottiyoor panchayat around 6am.
They also shouted slogans and called upon people to join the revolutionary war against the government, sources said. The posters bore slogans calling to coordinate with the 'Bharat Bandh' on January 31 and revenge on the bloodshed of Maoists in an encounter with Thunderbolts at Attappady in Palakkad district in October last year. Police collected the CCTV visuals of the armed Maoists from a shop and investigation is on to identify them.
The security of the police stations adjoining the forest borders was stepped up following the visit of Maoists, sources said. In December 2018, four armed Maoists including a woman visited Ambayathode town and brought groceries from a shop, handed over pamphlets to the local people, pasted posters and later went back into the forest area. (UNI)