D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao

Andhra and Chhattisgarh police discuss deployment of paramilitary forces

KHAMMAM: Some 33 Maoist stronghold villages have been identified by the police on the inter-state border of Andhra and Chhattisgarh for paying special attention during the polls. Twenty of the villages are in Khammam while 13 are in the neighbouring Dantewada and Bijapur districts.

The Superintendents of Police of the affected districts of the two states, who had a coordination meeting at Kothagudem on Saturday exchanged vital information pertaining to these villages and the Maoist squads operating across the inter state borders. They discussed the poll time deployment and management of paramilitary drafted from the central poll.

They decided to set up check posts at some important points on the border and step up presence of forces in the tribal heartland. The information on trouble prone polling stations as well a the mobile number of the police officers right from the rank of the station house officer were made available. They also agreed on sharing of the interrogation reports of naxalites arrested on both sides on the border. The officials said that the police may extend its special attention to more number of village on both sides of the inter sate border by reviewing the situation on day today basis. The activities of the village level sanghams floated by the Maoists and the impact of the frontal organizations of the party were discussed at length. Chhattisgarh could manage the assembly elections in a relatively free atmosphere. The border district remained more or less event-free.

AP has lessons to take from the success of the Chhattisgarh police in conducting the last elections, said the sources. The DIG of Warangal range Lakshman Mohan, superintendents of police , Shanwaj Quasim (Khammam incharge), Viswanath . C. Sajjanar ( Warangal), Rahul Sharma ( Dantewada) and Ankit Garg ( Bijapur) were among those took part.