Maoists threaten to blow up Hamas rally of fake comrades

Debjit Mukherjee: The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) has reportedly issued a threat to blow up what they referred to as the “Hamas rally of fake comrades” in Kozhikode, Kerala.

The Maoists, in a letter sent to the District Collector, accused the government of diverting attention by organising rallies for “foreign terrorists” instead of addressing the needs of the Kozhikode district.

The letter alleged that the Maoists are unfairly targeted with false cases, warning of consequences similar to the recent incident at the Jehovah’s Witnesses convention in Kochi if such actions continue.

The threat follows recent armed confrontations between Maoists and Kerala Police in Kannur and Wayanad districts.

The special Thunderbolt Squad of Kerala Police had engaged in gun battle with the Maoists twice this week in Kannur district. Before that, there was an exchange of fire between the Thunderbolt force and Maoists in a forest area in Wayanad last week.