Police have stepped up combing operations in the jungles of Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts in Tamil Nadu following suspected movement of the extremists in these areas.
Reports of Maoist movement in the state have resurfaced after a lull when a Naxal Naveen alias Sundar was killed in an encounter with police at the hills in Kodaikanal in April.
The Maoists are also reportedly on a recruitment spree which the police have not entirely denied.
Three suspected Maoists were gunned down recently by the Karnataka police at Chikmaglur in November.
Police sources told PTI that the rebels could try to recruit persons to increase their slender number as the organisation was believed to have been working with 12-15 operatives.
The sources added that though there were reports in a section of the local media that the Maoists had organised a meeting to spread their ideology and attract persons into their fold, but, investigations revealed that no such meeting had taken place.
However, police are taking no chances and are doing thorough search operations, they said.
Police are also conducting enquiries in the area following reports that the Maoists, in the guise of journalists, had tried to instigate them against the government, highlighting issues like unemployment.
Various wings of the Tamil Nadu police, including the Special Task Force and personnel of the Forest Department, will penetrate deeper into the forests in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri in the coming days as part of intensified operations, the sources added.