news Monday, January 05, 2015 - 05:30
Haritha John| The News Minute| January 2, 2015| 2.00 pm IST Another Maoist attack has been reported in Kerala, this time a stone crusher unit was set on fire in Kannur on Friday morning. According to police, a five-member gang vandalised and set on fire the office of New Bharat Stone Crusher situated in Nedumpoyil Kannur. There are reports that the gang was lead by Maoist leader Roopesh and there was a woman, who is been reportedly identified as Vimala Bhai. Kerala home minister Ramesh Chennithala has told media that it is the fifth maoist attack in past two months in the state. “Kannur incident is been confirmed as a Maoist attack. Those who attack at night in the darkness are cowards” he said. Last suspected Maoist attacks were reported from Palakkad and Wayanad districts on December 21. Recurring attacks M.N Ravunni, a former naxalite leader and the chairman of state committee of the revival organization Porattam, told The News Minute that these recurring attacks are just symbolic actions and will increase with time. “This is not how Maoists act, these are just symbolic. Government offices are attacked to show that they are against the capitalistic movements of the state government. KFC and Mc Donalds restaurants were attacked at Palakkad to fight against the agents of International imperialism.” he said. Porattam, considered as a left extremist organisation by security agencies, had earlier denied reports that it had links with the Maoist attacks in the state. According to Ravunni, the rumbling discontent among tribals and other marginalized marginalised communities, and the unfulfilled promises by successive governments may turn the State into a fertile ground for maoist activism. He also held government responsible for enhancing inequality and communalism. He alleges that the government and police is spreading fear among the public over Maoist threats in the state. He maintains that by creating a ‘terrorist scare,’ people’s silence was being bought too. “Why can’t government seriously address the issues raised by the Maoist groups, rather than suppressing them or branding them as terrorists and creating unnecessary fear in the minds of the public?” he asks But the attacks in the state are showing no specific pattern. Sometimes government offices are attacked, sometimes private firms, that too under various industries.  Ravunni says that the limitations of the radical group can be reason for their unbalanced attacks.  "The Maoist groups ma not be following a pattern, but the Kerala police and Thunderbolt commando force is inefficient to fight against the Maoists." He also rues that innocent people are being hunted by the police and thunderbolt in the name of anti Maoist attacks. Ravunni has also warned wider armed attacks from the Maoist groups in near future. “A possibility of wider Maoist insurgency in the state cannot not be ruled out . I am sure that they (Maoist) have a good support from public and from the tribals” he said Tweet Follow @thenewsminute Read- BJP's latest narrative in Kannur: Shedding violence, want to co-exist with CPI M

Show us some love! Support our journalism by becoming a TNM Member - Click here.