Locals in Kerala doubt there is any real Maoist movement in Silent Valley
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The News Minute | January 4, 2015 | 10.20 AM IST The government is yet to establish a Maoist link to the attack on the forest office in Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad, Kerala. Though there are rumours that strangers are being spotted in the core areas of the forest, the villagers seem to dispel any links to the Maoists as they say that they are happy in the region. â€śWe fail to find the logic behind the targeting of the Silent Valley by suspected Maoists. Unlike many other forest areas, tribal people here have better living standards and are not exploited. There is no poverty or malnutrition here. The tribal people in the region have no major complaints against forest officials and they live in harmony,â€ť The Hindu reported a taxi driver of the region as saying. The officials say that anti-terrorist squads have been deployed in the area, but the local community does not believe that any major investigation has been done so far. People feel that the government is hiding something from them. The alleged Maoist attack had happened over a week back and the Mukkali forest range office in Silent Valley was vandalized and a forest departmentâ€™s jeep was also set ablaze. In relation to the attack of KFC and McDonalds that happened on the same day, the state police had arrested and later set free two youths from Palakkad district. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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