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.