Exclusive: Facing heat in the north, Maoists regrouping in south
Cornered by the security forces in the many parts of Central India, the CPI (Maoist) is trying to kickstart its movement in the southern parts of India. The arrests of a number of senior leaders such as politburo member Kobad Ghandy and the busting of their camps at Malkangiri in Orissa have forced the ultras to redraw their strategies.
It is expected that the Maoists may step up their activities in certain areas in south India in order to distract the attention of the security forces who are now focusing on the Naxal-affected areas in Jharkand, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
A meeting of the CPI (Maoist) at Sringeri in Karnataka a few months ago decided to carve out a new guerilla zone in the tri-junction areas of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The party's central committee ratified the idea mooted by the South West Regional Bureau (SWRB) of the CPI (Maoist).
The plan is to bring Kannur and Wayanad districts in Kerala, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu districts in Karnataka and areas such as Gudalur in Tamil Nadu under a special zonal committee.