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Maoists may take advantage of turmoil in AP: Police

india Updated: Jan 13, 2010 12:36 IST

Taking advantage of the prevailing volatile political situation in Andhra Pradesh, the Maoists may try to strengthen their base, police officials have warned.

The Left-wing extremists, who have reportedly supported the Telangana agitation, may utilise the current unrest to strengthen their base in the backward region, once a hotbed of Naxal activity, they said.

The Andhra Police is worried about the heightened activities of the Maoists in neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

There is always a danger of Maoists coming back to the state and regaining the lost ground, given the turmoil prevailing in the last few months, according to a senior police official.

Police in Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam, bordering Orissa, and Khammam district adjoining Chhattisgarh have been put on a high alert, police said.

Andhra Pradesh shares a 400-km long border with Orissa and 220-km long boundary with Chhattisgarh, one of the worst Naxal-affected states in the country.

These borders are being guarded round-the-clock to thwart any crossover by the extremists, officials said.

Director General of Police (DGP) R R Girish Kumar said all efforts will be made to ensure that ultras don't return to the state and unleash violence.