Sunday, December 23, 2007

Naxals on course to establish arms training base

Madurai (PTI): The five Maoists recently arrested from Varushanadu forest near here were on course to establish an arms training base in the region and spread their activities in both Tamil Nadu and Kerala, police said on Sunday.

They were arrested on a tip off by locals.

The group was attempting to "dig their heels" in the area close to the Kerala border, taking advantage of the hilly forest terrain and use it as arms training base and to spread their activities to both Tamil Nadu and Kerala, a police official said.

Their attempts to address meetings while displaying their weapons instilled fear among villagers, they said.

The Varushanadu base was part of Naxal's wide network established in Nepal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, police said.

The base was being established after they shifted their activities from Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu where the Naxal movement was active in the 90s which was put down by police.

However, police ruled out the possibility of links between the Maoists and the LTTE.

A police official said mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) being used by LTTE were far more advanced than the ones used by the naxals.

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