Centre asks Andhra govt to remain on high alert
New Delhi: The Home Ministry tonight asked the Andhra Pradesh government to remain on high alert in view of the Union Cabinet`s approval to create Telangana and deploy adequate forces, especially in Seemandhra region, to maintain peace.
Apprehending protests, particularly from those opposing bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Centre has already sent around 2,500 paramilitary personnel to assist the local police to deal with the law-and-order situation there.
The Home Ministry told the state government to remain in high alert and deploy forces in all sensitive locations in Hyderabad, coastal and Rayalaseema regions to deal with any situation arising out of the Cabinet`s decision, official sources said.
People in the Seemandhra region have been protesting for past two months against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the agitation is expected to be intensified in the coming days following today`s decision.
The Cabinet took the first significant step towards creation of a separate Telangana state from out of Andhra Pradesh and decided that Hyderabad will be the joint capital of the two states for 10 years.
Over two months after the Congress Working Committee put its seal of approval, the Cabinet approved the Home Ministry`s proposal for creation of the 29th state and decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out modalities.
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