Wednesday, April 23, 2008

TN police investigating whether Maoists shifting base

Chennai, April 20: A day after a Maoist was shot dead by the Special Task Force in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu police have stepped up investigation to verify weather the Maoists are establishing new bases in the state.

Police sources admitted that it was a "new area" considering the geographical space the Maoists "generally operate in." "We are looking into the issue and are investigating whether they are spreading across the state or intending shifting base," police sources told PTI here today.

With some "important information" on hand about two other members of the outlawed outfit, who are believed to have escaped from the place, the police is working to nab them.

Top officials of the force are camping at Vadakuvanchi near Perumalpallam on Kodaikanal-Palani Road, where Nitish Dinesh Kumar, initially identified as Naveen Prasanth, was killed by Special Task Force (STF) in an operation yesterday.

Two others who had been injured in the encounter had been caught yesterday itself.

Yesterday's incident was the second in the recent months, when the ultras were spotted well outside their strongholds of Dharmapuri.

One Vinoth (27) had been killed in an encounter near Marugamalai in Theni district in December, and five suspected naxalites were arrested.

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