Under forest cover: How the Maoists-police stand-off turned Kerala’s Attappady forest a guerrilla war zone


Are the armed Maoists operating in the Western Ghats marked for death by the commando unit of the Kerala Police? Abdul Latheef Naha, E.M. Manoj and Mini Muringatheri piece together information on the recent encounter killings in the Attappady forest area

The concertina wire on the unusually high perimeter wall of the Agali Police Station at Attappady in Palakkad district is the first tell-tale sign of unrest in this predominantly tribal region nestled below the Nilgiri Hills in the Western Ghats in Kerala. Armed commandos scour the locality from watchtowers. Police officers clad in battle fatigues and brandishing automatic assault rifles scan visitors with wary eyes.  Read More

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