NAGPUR: Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district may be around 200km from city, but city police are taking no chances. They have been alerted by central and state intelligence agencies regarding the threat posed by Naxals to the winter session of the state assembly. The rebels have been charged up after the killing of their leader Kishanji in West Bengal last month. City police chief Ankush Dhanvijay seems to have put the entire force at his disposal on high alert.
If not a mass attack on the lines of 26/11, the security agencies are up on their toes as Naxals can instigate masses to disrupt peace and trigger a riot-like situation.
It has been learnt that Dhanvijay has cautioned the force to ensure that they keep a vigil on protesters. The cops have been urged to zero down on anything suspicious in the crowd and keep seniors informed.
Issues like displacement, industrialization, agrarian grievances and project-affected people too have been discussed in meetings.
Apart from security at crowded places, intelligence agencies have started keeping a vigil on hotels and guest houses for suspicious characters. Naxal cell of the city police’s special branch has planned a special security arrangements at its own level. State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has become active in wake of the threat.
The security has been further heightened after BJYM activists attacked cars of some ministers on Monday to demand better package for cotton farmers.