Coastal Kerala fast turning into hotbed of terrorism

via Pioneer News Service | Kozhikode published on October 1, 2007

The Central intelligence agency has reported to the Union Government that the coastal areas of Kerala are hotbeds of terror operatives and that the report given by the Military intelligence in this regard has to be taken into account.

Sources in the agency told The Pioneer that the socio-economic and political climate of the coastal areas was conducive for growth of terrorist forces. If the Government fails to act on time these areas would become major terror centres.

The officials of the agency, who briefed the senior officials of the Union Home Ministry and the National Security Adviser, had told them that there were possibilities of several sleeping cells present in the State.

Several terror operatives, both from Bangladesh and Pakistan were earlier staying in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. With these cities under tight monitoring, the Central agency believes that these forces may shift their base to another South Indian State.

The attack on the Indian Institute of Science and the constant monitoring of the city by both the Central intelligence agency and the State police has taken the sting out of the terror operatives from using the city of Bangalore as their base.

With mounting surveillance in Tamil Nadu in the wake of the bomb blasts in Coimbatore and the blast at the RSS office in Chennai, has made the State not-a-safe place for terrorists. Kerala has so far been free from such strict monitoring.

A study reveals that Kerala is fast eclipsing the metros Mumbai and Delhi with regard to sale of flats and residential projects.

Intelligence officials say that there is an effort to create an artificial boom by which land prices are pushed up beyond common man’s reach. Agencies have already warned that there could be a danger in these purchases and that there was a definite motive behind these hiking of prices.

The intelligence officials have also warned the Union Home Ministry of the impending danger in Kerala and sources said that this was not regarding any probable attacks but the presence of sleeper cells and the support it was receiving from various ‘centres’.

The agency has also taken a serious view of the presence of certain LTTE operatives in the high ranges of Munnar and the State police have even apprehended some of them.

The Central agency has warned that these Tamil groups could also create a good sleeping cell bank and could utilise them as and when necessary.

Another major factor which the Central agency has warned the Union Home Ministry was that there were possible Tamil people showing allegiance to the Tamil separatist movement acting as workers and manual labourers in Kerala

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