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God’s own country: A haven for outfits and separatists
Kerala, once known as the seat of peace and prosperity, is fast becoming a safe haven for insurgent activities, and many remote areas, bordering with Tamil Nadu and Andhra, are reported to be housing members of Maoists guerilla insurgents too.
KERELA, ONCE known as the seat of peace and prosperity, is fast becoming a safe haven for insurgent activities, and many remote areas of the state, bordering with Tamil Nadu and Andhra, are reported to be housing members of Maoists guerilla insurgents too.
 
In the backdrop of such an uncertainty being spread in a state like Kerala, it is worth considering seriously the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s warning that the country is facing many internal threats, and he was asking the security forces to do everything possible to curb any activity that would ‘shake up the spirit of unity and peace prevailing in the state’.
 
Singh’s statements came as police reported they had arrested a top Maoist leader and a female accomplice Malla Raji Reddy who is accused of killing a former speaker of the Ahdhra Pradesh legislature and were in charge of the ‘revolutionary movement’ in India’s southwest.
 
Reddy, hailing from Karim Nagar District in Andhra Pradesh, is in charge of the revolutionary movement in the south-west regional bureau of the Maoists. The southwest bureau includes Kerala too; Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujrat and Tamil Nadu are the other states. Police say a 25 thousand US dollar reward had been issued for his arrest, which he had been evading for the last 39 years. He is reported as saying that he came to Kerala on the 24 of December to ‘take the revolution forward’.
 
Singh last year had described the ultra-leftist revolutionaries as the biggest single threat to internal security. He says the situation is like a virus, which needs to be eliminated. Meanwhile, the internal security mechanism has decided to mobilize 200 battalions of paramilitary forces to combat any eventuality that would surface out of this ‘extremely fluid internal security atmosphere’.
 
It all looks extremely sensitive as the country is currently facing threats from international terrorist outfits like Al Qaeda. There are fresh email threats stating that they would floor Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court and the Parliament. “We take these threats very seriously, and we are doing everything possible to contain this, and we ask all those who are involved the security machinery of the state to put in their best efforts to contain this threat to the state,” said a top official of the Home Ministry. 
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