Monday, December 03, 2007

Only 509 Maoists operating in AP

Updated: 12-03-2007

HYDERABAD : Home minister K. Jana Reddy said on Sunday at Guntur according to the estimation of his department sources only 509 Maoists were operating in various districts of the State. Among them, he said over 200 Maoists belonging to Chhattisgarh are taking part in Naxal activities in the State.

Maoists belonging to our State are also taking part in extremist activities in other states like Chhattisgarh and Andhra-Orissa border areas, he added.He said the police top brass is working in co-ordination with their counterparts in bordering states to check extremist activities.
Asked about Andhra Maoists, taking part in Maoist activities in Nandigram of West Bengal, he ruled out the possibility and recalled that home minister Shivraj Patil also denied the reports. The home minister condemned the killing of Ramawat Pantunaik, a tribal leader and MPP of Amangal mandal in Mahbubnagar district by suspected Maoists on Saturday.
"A detailed investigation began over the shooting of the tribal leader, who is non-controversial," Jana Reddy said and claimed that the Maoists were losing sympathy among people as well as in media in recent months. He said incidents of violence have declined in the State when compared to the last three years
The Home Minister said that the government would set up urban police districts in Guntur, Warangal, Rajahmundry and Tirupati in a phased manner after recruiting over 37,000 police personnel in the next four years.
As per the CrPC norms, the cities and suburbs with over 10 lakh population are eligible for upgradation to urban police districts. With the setting up urban police districts, the police department will be bifurcated into urban and rural areas, he said

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