The police have confirmed that Naxals from Chhattisgarh and Orissa were crossing over into Khammam and Warangal districts to regroup into a formidable force, said Andhra Pradesh Director-General of Police K. Aravinda Rao.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, the DGP said: “We have information that Naxals were staying for a longer time in Khammam district and staying for two to three days in Warangal district frequently. They are trying to activate their old cadres and form new groups again,” he said.

Mr Aravinda Rao said Khammam has a 225-km border with Chhattisgarh and 45-km border with Orissa. Whenever there was repression or some violent action, Naxals entered Khammam and Warangal districts to take shelter for a while. They were focussing on Andhra Pradesh, particularly Telangana districts, and were also trying to take advantage of the separate Telangana stir.

“We see the separate Telangana movement as a political stir and do not have any objection to it. However, if some anti-social elements like Naxals come into the picture, we have to deal with them as we do in case of law and order breakdown,” the DGP explained. The police officials discussed the overall law and order situation in the two districts. They debated the preparedness of the police to tackle the situation post-December.

Highway patrolling

Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds: Expressing concern over the high incidence of road accidents in the State, Mr. Aravinda Rao said that highway patrolling would be reintroduced in the State soon. Every year about 15,000 people were dying and 60,000 persons getting injured in road accidents in the State, he said and added that the accident rate is crossing 28 per cent in the State.

The DGP said that the State police machinery had decided to give top priority to strengthen the traffic system and reduce the accident rate.

Accordingly, the Police Department plans to appoint a Deputy Superintendent of Police (Road safety) in each district. Reiterating that the police alone cannot reduce accidents, he stressed on the need for the involvement of Transport Department, R&B and National Highways Authority of India. Mr. Aravinda Rao also expressed concern that the Rajiv Rahadhari from Hyderabad to Karimnagar did not have speed limit sign boards to educate the road users to voluntarily comply with traffic rules and regulations.