Wanted top Maoist leaders go hiding in Kerala
Kottayam: Top leaders of the Maoists such as the Western Ghats military commander, Vikram Gowda, Maoist commander Mallaraja Venugopal Rao (Bhupati) who carries a bounty, sub commander Sundari (Geetha) and others are believed to have lived for years incognito in the dense forests of Kerala, according to secret services agencies.
The head of the women’s unit, Narmada Akka, has been killed and Maoists are looking to expand their operations, according to agencies including Tamil Nadu's Q Branch.
Top Maoists moved into Kerala forests as states such as Andhra Pradesh intensified operations to flush them out from their hiding places. According to the secret services agencies, Maoists are still present in the Kerala forests. Central intelligence agencies have been informed about this.
CPI (Maoist) is operating in Kerala under three armed units (Dalam).
The operations in Kerala are under the Western Ghats special zone committee. Northern districts in the state have been divided into various units: activities of units in Kasaragod, Kannur and Kozhikode are being coordinated by the Kabani dalam while Naadukani dalam in Malappuram and Bhavani dalam in Palakkad looks after the affairs in these districts.
State governments of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have offered Rs 25 lakh for the head of Venugopal Rao, who is the brother of Maoist leader Kishanji. West Bengal and Orissa have offered Rs 19 lakh for his head. He was instrumental in the attack and murder of 76 CRPF personnel in Dantewada in 2010.
Rao is also secretary of the Western Ghats Zonal Committee, which includes Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. He is also the secretary of the Western Ghats Special Zonal Committee, which is famed for their use of Guerrilla tactics. His influence extends from Goa to Idukki.
Sundari, who has received arms training in Jharkhand is the leader of the Netravati dalam, which is part of the Western Ghats special zone. She is the wife of Dinakar, who had been killed by anti-naxal forces in Andhra Pradesh. She has a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on her head.
The party is believed to have a 14-member politburo. Of these, only the details of 10 are known. Under the PB is the central committee of 32 members. Following this is the regional bureau, state committee, zonal committee, district committee and dalam. Roopesh, who was arrested recently, is a central committee member.
Dalams such as Netravati and Karavali operate under the regional bureau. Venugopal Rao is the zonal committee secretary.