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State police mobilising anti-Naxal forces after alert

Hyderabad, June 05: With the intelligence inputs sounding an alert about the possibility of a major attack by the Maoists in Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) area, the State police began mobilising anti-Naxalite forces in the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

Sources said over 100 hardcore Naxalites including several top cadres of the CPI (Maoist) and about 500 tribals have been regrouping on Orissa side during the last one week. On coming to know about this development, the Orissa government mobilised additional forces to the border districts.

On its part, the Chattisgarh government has put its police forces on high alert as the Maoists are known for carrying out major attacks in both Orissa and Chattisgarh States.

As part of intelligence sharing, both Orissa and Chattisgarh governments have alerted Andhra Pradesh a few days ago. Of late, the Maoists have gunned down a couple of people's representatives in Visakhapatnam district and their movement in forest areas had become a matter of concern for the police.

With the latest inputs from Orissa and Chattisgarh, anti-Naxalite teams have launched intense combing operations in AOB area.

"There is no possibility of their launching a major attack in Andhra Pradesh. But, there is a danger of their crossing over to Andhra Pradesh after launching an attack in the two neighbouring States," a senior police official told this website's newspaper.

Home Minister K Jana Reddy, however, said: "There is nothing to worry. The police forces are already on high alert," he said

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posted by Bimal 6.6.07,

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