Woman Maoist from TN shot dead in Kerala, confirm cops

Tamil Nadu police has confirmed that the woman Maoist gunned down on October 28 in Agali forest in Palakkad was from Tamil Nadu. The other three activists who were shot dead by the Kerala police, too, were natives of Tamil Nadu.


Couple of days after the encounter by the commandos of Thunderbolt, the special unit of Kerala police that handles extremist cases, the police here had identified Manivasagam, a native of Salem, and Karthik and Aravindan from Chennai. However, the police in Kerala and Tamil Nadu could not establish the identity of the woman Maoist who was killed along with them.

On Wednesday, a senior police officer here confirmed that the woman killed in the encounter was Ajitha from Kanniyakumari, who went by the nom de guerre, Srimathi, in the extreme Left circles.

A native of Nilaparai in Kanniyakumari, Ajitha was one of the three children of her parents. She completed her schooling with the help of a Christian priest, and then joined as a BA student at a college in Nagercoil. She then came over to Chennai for higher studies, but did not complete the course. In 2014, she went to Madurai and joined a college there. That was when she disappeared.

In April that year, she told her family that she had got a job. Claiming that she did not have a mobile phone, Ajitha told her mother that she would contact them if there was any need. But she never called them. The family had no idea about her activities. After confirming Ajitha’s identity, a policeman from Kerala called them to inform about her death.

“It appears she was attracted to Maoist ideology while she was in Madurai and decided to become a full-fledged member of the outfit,” police noted.

Among the other three slain Maoists, Manivasagam was heading the Bhavani Dalam, the armed struggle unit operating in the Western Ghats.

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