Do not be negligent in tackling extremists, says YSR

Prevent recurrence of incidents like Chitrakonda, says Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy

Steps initiated to recruit 37,500 police personnel to meet new challenges

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has warned senior police officials, including the Superintendents of Police, against being complacent in dealing with extremism in general and Maoists in particular.

Complacency

He remarked that SPs were claiming credit for bringing down extremist violence in their respective districts and thereby giving scope for complacency.

“Maoists are sure to indulge in violence to prove their existence and we will have to pay a heavy price if we are negligent,” the Chief Minister told the SPs during the Collectors’ conference that concluded here on Thursday.

Briefing reporters later, Information Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said Dr. Reddy asked the police officials to take steps to prevent recurrence of incidents like the one in Chitrakonda reservoir where over 30 Greyhounds personnel are feared to have met a watery grave.

Modern training

On its part, the government had initiated steps to recruit 37,500 personnel to meet the new challenges.

These policemen should be given modern training, including use of latest weapons, to counter the extremists. The Minister said the government was willing to spend money over and above the budgetary allocation of Rs. 1,300 crore for the Remote and Interior Areas Development (RIAD) programme aimed at better connectivity to remote villages and improvement of the quality of life.

The Collectors had been asked to take up widening of roads wherever necessary to bring down road mishaps with an emphasis on the areas covered under Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limits, he added.