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Chennai, Oct 12 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted raids in southern states in places linked to outlawed maoists.
Reports received here said the simultaneous raids were on in 23 places in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
In Tamil Nadu, raids were on in 12 places, including two in Chennai, and in Krishnagiri, Coimbatore, Salem, Theni and Sivaganga districts. The raids were being conducted nearly a month after NIA registered cases against 19 Maoist activists for holding a secret meeting held in Nilambur forest area in Kerala to ‘discuss to wage a war against India’.
The raids followed reports received by NIA that maoists are engaged in recruiting new members aimed at strengthening their base in forest areas bordering Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Reports said about eight Maoists from Tamil Nadu figured in the case registered last week by Kochi NIA. They included top naxal Kalidas, a native of Ramanathapuram, Danish alias Krishna of Coimbatore, Velmurugan of Theni, Santhosh Kumar of Coimbatore, besides Manivasakam, Kuppuraj, Ajitha and Karthik.