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E.M. Manoj
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Action-ready: Commandos of the Kerala Thunderbolts moving to the forest areas on the Kerala-Karnataka border on Thursday.
Action-ready: Commandos of the Kerala Thunderbolts moving to the forest areas on the Kerala-Karnataka border on Thursday.

The commandos of the Kerala Thunderbolts along with the Police and Forest department personnel began their combing operations in the Thirunelly forest areas on the Kerala-Karnataka border, on Thursday, in search of a militant group, reportedly of armed Maoists, sighted in Karnataka recently.

Hundreds of armed personnel, including 60 commandos of the Kerala Thunderbolts, who are specially trained for such operations, will lead the operations and officials of Forest and various wings of Police department would assist them. The commandos, led by L. Solomon, Assistant commandant, Kerala Thunderbolts, reached the police station here around 12 noon. The team entered the forest areas at Brahmagiri Hills, under the North Wayanad forest division, late in the evening after discussions with the officials on the operation.

Reports of the Karnataka police had confirmed the presence of militant groups on the border forest areas of both the States, A.V. George, District Police Chief, told The Hindu . The operation would continue for many days and their counterparts in Karnataka would join the Kerala forces in the coming days.

Mohamed Nazeer writes from Kannur: The police stations in the border areas of the district, such as Peringome, Iritty, Korikottakkari, and Payyavur, are on a high alert in view of the reported presence of Maoists in forest areas bordering Kerala and Karnataka. .

The police intensified patrolling in the areas under these police stations on Thursday in continuation of the combing operation in the border areas near Peringome.

According to police sources, special anti-Naxal commando wing of the Karnataka police continued combing the Karnataka side of the forests bordering hill areas here, including Peringome.

Inspector General of Police (Kannur Range) Jose George told The Hindu that all police stations in the border areas in Kannur, Kasaragod, and Wayanad districts had been asked to step up vigil. While the Iritty police intensifying patrolling near the Koottupzha bridge close to the Kerala-Karnataka border, security arrangements in the Karnataka police post at Makkutta on the Karnataka side of the border were tightened.

In Kasaragod

Staff Reporter writes from Kasaragod: Additional police force, equipped with latest arms, have been deployed as part of the combing operations in all the border area police stations in the district.

The forces were stationed in the Karnataka border area police station limits of Adhur, Bedakam, Chittarikkal, Badiadkka, Rajapuram, and Vellirikundu amid reports of a possible attack on police stations in the light of the death anniversary of former Naxal activist Varghese and Muttanga firing incident falling this month, Superintendent of Police S. Surendran said.

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