New Delhi: An additional 1,000 paramilitary personnel have
been rushed to Andhra Pradesh by the Union Home Ministry to deal with any
situation arising out of a decision on Telangana.
The additional forces, along with the existing 1,200 paramilitary
personnel, are expected to be deployed in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema
regions, where protests may erupt if the Centre takes a decision in favour
of bifurcating Andhra Pradesh for creation of Telangana state.
Sources said apart from the central forces, 200 personnel of Karnataka
Armed Police and 100 personnel of Tamil Nadu Armed Police are stationed in
Hyderabad and its adjoining areas to assist the state police in
maintaining the law and order.
Besides, there are around 4,000 paramilitary personnel currently engaged
in anti-Naxal operations in Andhra Pradesh.
Home Ministry officials are in regular touch with state government
officials and have asked them to ensure peace in the state as the Centre
is inching closer to a decision on Telangana.
Last week, Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary PK Mohanty and Director General
of Police V Dinesh Reddy were summoned to the capital where Home Minister
Sushilkumar Shinde and Home Secretary Anil Goswami held an hour-long
closed door meeting with them and reviewed the situation there.
Shinde and Goswami had assured the state government officials all possible
central help to maintain peace in Andhra Pradesh.