TNN Dec 7, 2013, 04.31AM IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: Following the central government's decision to bifurcate the state, over 2,400 security personnel were deployed at various places in the city and district to quell any violent instances that may rear their ugly head as a result of public anger and protests.
Paramilitary forces like Central Reserve Protection Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP), that have been camping since the agitation first broke out in August, along with local armed reserved forces and police personnel were deployed in various sensitive areas of the city on Friday.All the important junctions and sensitive areas were manned by paramilitary forces, implying that the police bosses have reposed more faith in the ability of the paramilitary forces to contain the situation. According to sources in the police department, two companies of APSP, one BSF company and two CRPF companies have been camped in the city for the past four months. These forces were brought in when the indefinite Samaikyandhra agitation was first launched in August.
City police commissioner B Shivadhar Reddy told TOI that they were taking all precautionary measures to maintain law and order and that the present number of forces were sufficient for the purpose. He said that static and strike forces were all geared up to tackle any unwanted incidents.
According to sources, the police department has already issued a stern warning to the agitators that anyone burning tyres or attacking public and private properties would not be spared. A senior police officer said that they would seek more forces if the situation warrants as they were of the view that the second spell of the United Andhra agitation may continue for a longer duration.