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After Maoist attack, Kerala govt effects large scale reshuffle in top police posts

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of Maoist attacks on Thunderbolt in Wayanad on Sunday a large scale reshuffle has been effected in the top police posts in Kerala.

The SPs of Palakkad and Malappuram have been transferred and S Manju Nath and Debesh Kumar have been appointed as SP of Palakkad and Malappuram districts respectively. Both were posted was AIGs (headquarters).

Manjunath has acquired special training to combat Maoists. The outgoing SPs have not been given posts so far.

Kerala police on Monday stepped up search for suspected Maoists who had fled to the forests after exchanging fire with the police in Wayanad district. Kannur DIG Dinendra Kashyap, who is overlooking the raids, said that an eight-member Maoist group attacked the Thunderbolts on Sunday.

“We have information about the group's movement,” the top cop said, adding that the police found bullets, clothes and caps left by the Maoists in the forest.

Stating that the police and specially-trained commandos are fully prepared to face the threat posed by the ultras, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the situation in Wayanad, after the incident which took place on Sunday, was totally under control.