Police stations in Red areas to be fortified

VISAKHAPATNAM: If the state government has its way, police stations in the Maoist-affected areas will soon stand rock solid despite facing a barrage of attacks from the extremists. In what could add stealth, the central government has drawn up an ambitious plan to fortify the police stations in sensitive areas of the state. About 40 such police stations would be modernised with the central funds.

Sources said new structures would be erected in the place of existing police stations at a cost of Rs 2 crore each. “These new police stations would be able to withstand intense rapid gunfire, bomb attacks, rocket launchers and other arsenal fired by extremists,” a senior official not wanting to be named said.

These police stations will not only have foolproof security but will also be equipped with modern technology. “They will have sufficient rooms for barracks, ammunition storage and other facilities,” the official said. Sources said the ministry of home affairs (MHA) is taking special measures on the security front as part of its multi-pronged strategy to tackle the Maoist menace.

But curiously, Visakhapatnam district which is most vulnerable to Maoist violence has got sanction for two police stations, while East Godavari got four police stations.

Visakhapatnam district has 13 police stations in the Agency area, but only two stations in GK Veedhi and Chintapalli would be fortified under the new scheme. Seeleru, Annavaram, Koyyuru amd Mampa are treated as core police stations.

East Godavari where the Maoist strife has come down has surprisingly been given four stations – Rampachodavaram, Addateegala, Rajavommangi and Donkarai.

An additional SP rank officer in Vizag, on the condition of anonymity, said that they need more stations than any other district in the north coastal belt because of the large presence of red guerrillas. “We would send proposals for Munchingput and Pedabayalu,” he said.

The Visakha police are also seeking fortification of a few more stations at Dumbriguda, Hukumpeta mandals and Pedavalasa in G K Veedhi mandal, which is one of the key areas of Maoists. Vizianagaram has been given sanction for Neelakanthapuram police station while no proposal was accepted for Srikakulam though the district administration sent proposals for four stations.

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