Kerala’s Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary : Maoists Attack
Suspected Maoists launched an attack on forest watchers in Kerala’s Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, near the Chavachi area.
- These Maoists have been increasingly active in and around the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, even infiltrating local houses and engaging in activities like distributing propaganda materials.
- The Kerala government deployed Kerela Thunderbolts force and helicopters to locate those responsible.
- Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is the northernmost wildlife sanctuary of Kerala (in the Kannur District).
- It is 55 km² in area and located on the western slope of the Western Ghats.
- It was established in 1984 with its headquarters near Iritty.
- The sanctuary borders Wayanad-Brahmagiri, Wayanad’s north slopes, Karnataka’s Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, and Coorg’s forests, with Katti Betta as its highest peak.