Friday, September 02, 2005

Police warn of Naxalite plot

TS Sudhir

Friday, September 2, 2005 (Hyderabad):

Police in Andhra Pradesh have said Naxalite rebels are plotting to target VVIPs in Hyderabad.

The rare admission that the enemy is at the doorstep comes after a recent ban on the rebels.

"There are some hit squads, which are targeting certain VVIPs. It is not that they are targeting only the chief minister. Others are also under threat. At least two to four of them,'' said Swaranjit Sen, DGP, Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh government thought banning the Naxals would help contain them better. But it doesn't seem to be so.

Police sources say former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is also on the hit list of the rebels. In fact, Naidu no longer relies on the state police for his protection. The paramilitary National Security Guards are deployed to guard him.

"They are having intelligence. That has to collect information irrespective of political affiliations. If they protect only Congress people and leave out the others, it is not correct,'' said Naidu.

The police have rejected his fears and said the force is capable of protecting any VVIP.

"I do not know why NSG was sent for his security. In fact, we never asked for it. There seems to be really no need for some other agency to come and operate in our area,'' said Sen.

Many top politicians in Andhra Pradesh have already restricted their movements outside the capital Hyderabad since the ban on the rebels.

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