Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh police believe that the naxals may try to revive their movement by whipping up sentiments of tribals who are perturbed over the state government's decision to allow bauxite mining in forest land in the district.
"The Maoists may use the opportunity to regain their lost glory in the Vizag Agency area," state DGP J V Ramudu said on Friday. He said that police are competent to handle any law and order issue probably arising out of the resumption of the activity. Bauxite mining is not a new issue and the government has given its approval for starting the activity in forest land.
He said the Maoist activity has been under check in Vizag Agency area and at the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB), barring a few infrequent incidents. The latest controversy over bauxite mining issue may spur the Maoist revival in Vizag, the DGP said.
Replying to a query on special protection given to some political leaders, including Panchayat Raj Minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu over the mining issue, Ramudu said that the police would continue to give special protection, as per the security committee's recommendations, to those leaders in Vizag district who have received life threat from rebels over the issue.
The minister and few other leaders had reportedly received threats after the N Chandrababu Naidu government, through a Government Order (GO), allowed bauxite mining in 1,212 hectares of forest land. The DGP also dismissed allegations that the police are trying to suppress the protests of tribals and muzzle voice of opposition parties over the mining issue.
The DGP said the police were examining the YSR Congress Party's petition seeking permission for its party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to visit Chintapalle area under Vizag Agency on December 2 and holding of a public meeting against the bauxite mining.