Kozhikode | Appu Balussery, who was attracted to the Naxal Bari movement and took part in the 1969 attack on the Kuttyadi police station, left. Naxal activists attacked Kuttyadi station on the morning of December 18, 1969. Appu Balussery alias Thanoth Appunayar of Ollur in Ulliyeri panchayath was the last link in the attack.
The station was attacked by about 15 Naxalites armed with weapons, including bombs. Naxal activist Peruvannamoozhi Kozhippilly Velayudhan (36) was shot dead by police in front of the station. Velayudhan was the first Naxal activist in Kerala to die in a police firing. Fifteen people were involved in the station attack.
The first accused in the incident was Velappan from Wayanad. Balussery Appu was the second accused. The third accused was CH Kadungona of Paleri.
The Naxalites decided to attack another station on the anniversary of the Thalassery Pulpally attack on the instructions of Kunnikkal Narayanan.
The station was attacked by Naxalites on the morning of the 18th. Kozhippilly Velayudhan and Balussery Appu smashed the door of the station with an ax. Police opened fire when a bomb exploded inside the station. Police fired back through a hole in the door. SI Prabhakaran’s hand was seriously injured in the bombing.
CH Kadungone was first arrested by the police in connection with the station attack. The court sentenced 14 people to 22 years in prison in the case.
The Naxal movement was active in Kerala during 1968-76. It was during this time that the Thalassery-Pulpally, Kuttyadi and Kayanna police station attacks and the crackdown on landlords in Wayanad, Kasaragod, Kannur, Kottayam, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts took place.
CPI (ML) activists commemorate Kozhippilly Velayudhan, who was shot dead during the attack. Appu Balussery and CH Kadungon later became CPM activists. Balussery Appu was an LIC agent.