Friday, December 21, 2007

Efforts of intelligence, STF led to arrest of Maoists'

Friday December 21 2007 12:25 IST

Express News Service

MADURAI: Working in tandem by the Theni intelligence team headed by Superintendent of Police R Sudhakar and Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF) led to the arrest of the five Maoists, who attempted to establish a base in Varusanadu hills in the Western Ghats, said Vijay Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), here on Tuesday.

Speaking to this website's Newspaper over the telephone while visiting Pallathur in the dense Varusanadu forest, where the STF held a shoot out with the Maoists on Thursday, he said that by its prolonged combing operation over a week, the STF restricted the movement of the Maoists confining them within a limited area and surrounded them with consistent intelligence inputs from the local police.

“Despite incessant rains, the STF did not get down from the hills but had changed their shift periodically and continued the search operation,” said Vijaya Kumar.

In an act of appreciation of the cooperation of the villagers, Vijaya Kumar along with the STF personnel had lunch with people as the first phase of reward for their service.

“I will recommend to the DGP and the State Government to acknowledge their contribution suitably,” he said.

On the naxals' second attempt to establish a base in the area despite the STF camp in Kumabakarai near Periyakulam, he said, “It was only because of STF presence, they could not intrude into the Western Ghats.”

As Varusanadu hills shared boundaries with three districts, Theni, Madurai and Virudhanagar, and state boundaries between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the naxals had selected this area for their operation, he said.

The STF camp would continue in Kumbakarai and if necessary, they would search for naxals in Varusanadu hills, he added.

Earlier, Vijaya Kumar, along with Theni SP R Sudhakar, inspected the spot where the shoot out took place in Pallathur and examined the tent erected using polythene bags by Maoists and the seized revolvers and other arms.

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