Friday, August 26, 2005

Andhra to beef up VIP security

Hyderabad | August 26, 2005 9:25:06 PM IST

With Maoists threatening an all-out war after the re-imposition of a ban, Andhra Pradesh Friday decided to beef up the security of ministers, legislators and other important personalities.

The government also decided to purchase 50 bulletproof vehicles for security to VIPs. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Home Minister K. Jana Reddy told newsmen after the meeting that it was decided to take all steps to protect VIPs, especially those facing a serious threat to their lives.

He said the government decided to hasten the process of procuring bulletproof vehicles in the wake of recent developments.

Jana Reddy said the state was providing security to about 1,100 politicians and top civil and police officials Maoist threat. The politicians belong to all parties. About 300 gunmen have been provided as part of their security arrangements.

This was the first meeting to review the security of VIPs after Maoists gunned down ruling Congress party legislator C. Narsi and eight others in Mahbubnagar district Aug 15. The incident prompted the government to re-impose the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoist and its frontal organisations.

The ban was lifted last year to pave way for the peace talks, which collapsed in January this year ending eight month long ceasefire.


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