Correspondent

‘No fresh recruitment of cadre by Maoists’

VIZIANAGARAM: Superintendent of Police Y. Gangadhar has claimed that the law and order situation in 2009 was under control and satisfactory.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Mr. Gangadhar said that in spite of elections to Lok Sabha and Assembly, major festivals and agitations of various kinds there was no significant law and order problem in the district during the year. Even extremism along the Andhra-Orissa border was under control and there was no fresh recruitment of cadre by CPI (Maoists). Following joint combing operations by Orissa and district special police along the border, five Maoists dumps were recovered, four divisional committee leaders had surrendered and three extremists were arrested. The surrendered Maoists were rehabilitated.

Appeal to people

He appealed to people, particularly tribals in the agency, not to give shelter to Maoists.

On the other incidents of crime, he said that out of 3,060 incidents reported during the year, 255 deaths and 807 severe injuries were reported due to accidents and 1,003 cases were registered under various sections of IPC. The SP conceded that the crime rate had increased this year from 2,713 reported in 2008 and 2,935 cases the year preceding it.

On housebreaking incidents, he said that the incidents were more in daytime than during nights, particularly in Vizianagaram, S. Kota, Cheepurupalli and Bobbili circles. He said that mobile teams had been constituted to check the incidents. His priorities in the New Year to check incidents of crime are in the order of extremism, crime and road accidents. Navin Gulati, OSD, Mary Prashanti, DSP, and others were present.