Saturday, December 13, 2008

‘Q’ branch probes Maoist presence in State borders

Express News Service First Published : 13 Dec 2008 03:16:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 13 Dec 2008 10:21:02 AM IST

SIVAKASI: Officers of the ‘Q’ branch and the Krishnagiri district police have increased patrolling in the State border, including check posts in several pockets such as Virudhunagar, Varamanagunda, Doddamanju, Peddamugalalam in a bid to prevent any naxalites from entering into Tamil Nadu from Andhra Pradesh.

‘Q’ branch officials said that Maoist extremists, who have their headquarters in Assam, have spread out to various states and were engaged in sabotage and other activities.

It was reported that many Maoists had entered Virudhunagar district and were luring students to their movement by brainwashing them. They were also offering financial assistance to poor students.

Some men suspected to be Maoists who were roaming at the Virudhunagar railway station were questioned by the police.

Inspector Sethumani Madhavan of ‘Q’ branch said that these Maoists did not openly say that they belonged to the movement. There were reports that these men have moved up to Kovilpatti and the ‘Q’ branch was investigating.

Meanwhile, police sources at Krishnagiri district in Hosur said that it was a routine combing operation to check naxalites as well as any illicit liquor brewing activities in the forest area. The police has advised people to inform them about the activities of any strangers in the region.

Last week, the officials said, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri district police had conducted combing operation in the forest region following reports of suspected naxalites. They had distributed pamphlets and books in the Peddamugalalam area in Denkanikotta taluk recently. However the police found no naxalites movement in Krishnagiri forests.

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