‘Anti-Naxal operations will be intensified in AP’

Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Police chief V Dinesh Reddy on Thursday asserted that anti-Naxal operations in the state would be intensified.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fitted with powerful surveillance cameras would be pressed into service from February to track the movement of Naxals, DGP V Dinesh Reddy said at a press conference in Visakhapatnam.

Naxal activities in Andhra Pradesh had been largely brought under control in the past few months, he said.
The AP Police chief said Naxal activities had been largely brought under control in the past few months.

The UAV would be used in the Naxal stronghold areas in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, he said, adding it will be particularly useful in tracking their movements in forests.

The UAV images would be transmitted to base stations and security forces could be mobilised in a helicopter to hunt the rebels, Reddy said.

To facilitate faster movement of anti- Naxal forces, a 17-seater chopper will be inducted from third week of this month, he said, adding the cost of UAV and helicopter operations will be borne by Union Home Ministry.

Two more companies, either from Andhra Pradesh Special Police or Central paramilitary forces, will be sanctioned for anti-Naxal operations, he informed.

About the strong presence of extremists on the Andhra- Odisha Border, Reddy said this was because of tough terrain and lack of adequate support from the neighbouring state.

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