Friday, February 15, 2008

Separate Telangana state can spur naxal activity: Reddy

Hyderabad (PTI): The creation of separate Telangana state could spur naxalite activity, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy said on Thursday quoting intelligence reports.

Intervening after the suspension of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) members from the Assembly for disrupting the proceedings, the chief minister said intelligence agencies of the state and the Centre had warned that Maoists could step up their activities in the event of formation of a Telangana state.

The Maoists have already thrown their weight behind the statehood movement.

"There is a view that naxalite activity could be strengthened if Telangana is carved out since they are backing the statehood demand," Reddy, who hails from Rayalaseema region, said.

Once the stronghold of Maoists, Telangana region is now largely peaceful and free from extremist activity.

Pointing out that Maoists had considerably weakened in the state in the last few years, the chief minister said, "In this situation, there is a view that a separate Telangana state might help them".

He also cited the example of Chhattisgarh becoming the hub of naxalite activity ever since the formation of the new state.

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