Kalpetta: Security has been beefed up in Wayanad in view of possible retaliation from Maoists following the death of their leader C P Jaleel in a police encounter at a resort in Lakkidi. Moreover, security has been strengthened in Malappuram and Palakkad districts where the presence of Maoists was confirmed.
The police are concerned about the nature of reaction from Maoists in connection with the encounter. Though Maoists have withdrawn after severe attack from police on Wednesday night, they are likely to hit back at any time. Since Maoists have camped at many parts of the district, police have intensified monitoring.
Security has been beefed up in Thirunelli, Thalappuzha, Padinjarathara, Vellamunda, Mananthavadi, Meppadi, Pulppalli, Kenichira and Thondarnadu police stations. Three Maoist leaders were killed in the police encounters in state within two years. The intelligence wing believe that Maoists are likely to attempt a counter-attack to prove that the organisation’s strength has not been weakened by the loss of leaders.
There was intelligence warning that Maoists were preparing for an attack in Wayanad to avenge the Nilambur encounter. ‘Varahini Dal’, which was formed to respond to the Nilambur encounter and to intensify activities focusing in Wayanad, was in charge of the attack.
Though quite a number of Maoists had arrived from even other states ahead of the first anniversary of the encounter, they could not mount an attack due to the tight security arranged by police. However, Maoist leaders Chandru and Latha managed to reach Kaithakkolli and Thrissilery respectively by bus despite the intense police security and this led to a whirl of controversies.
Maoists are frustrated over not being able to hit back even after two years of Nilambur encounter in which two of its leaders were killed. If they fail to respond to Jaleel’s martyrdom, it is likely to affect the spirit of Maoists. Hence, chances are high for a counter-attack from Maoists, according to police.