Police, Maoists engage in gun battle in Nilambur
- The seven-member gang consisting of two women and five men entered a tribal colony on Monday evening.
- The Maoists escaped as soon as the police arrived at the scene.
- Upon confrontation, the police and the Maoists engaged in a gun battle.
A seven-member gang of Maoists fired at a police team at Mundakadavu colony near Nedumkayam in Nilambur which led to a gun battle on Monday night.
However, no casualties were reported in the crossfire.
The gang, under the leadership of Maoist leader Soman, entered the colony to impart classes to tribals. At 7.30 pm the previous evening, a group consisting of two women and five men arrived at the Mundakadavu Community Hall where the locals had assembled. Discussions were held on how Maoist leadership can solve land ownership related issues of tribals.
After receiving an intel on these discussions, the police rushed to the scene but the Maoists had already escaped from the hall. The cops began a chase and confronted the group which triggered a gun battle. It was reported that the police fired five rounds while the Maoists fired three rounds.
It has been reported that Maoist activity have increased in these parts of Kerala.
On 21 September CPI (Maoist) had organised a march-past and celebrations in connection with the anniversary of party formation.