AP police to increase vigil in Maoist-hit districts

Machilipatnam: In the wake of increased Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh Police are increasing vigil in districts bordering the state and also neighbouring Odisha.
To curb Maoist activities in the coming years, special attention will be paid to East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts, Inspector General of Police (North Coastal Zone) D Tirumala Rao said at a press conference here.
However, there was no plan to deploy additional police force in any coastal Andhra district, including Visakhapatnam, a Maoist hotbed having connectivity with Chhattisgarh, which last month saw a major Naxal raid, and Odisha, he said.
He said though organised criminal activities have come down in parts of coastal districts, tackling cyber crime and fraud cases involving fly-by-night companies have emerged as new challenges for the police force.
Accompanied by Eluru Range Deputy Inspector General of Police Vikram Singh Mann, Rao stressed on the need of adopting new technology to curb cyber crimes.