Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh police got into an alert mode along the border with Maharashtra as a few hundred Shiv Sena activists planned to cross the border
protesting the construction of a lift irrigation project at Salur in Nizamabad district.
Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police RR Girish Kumar spoke to his Maharashtra counterpart and requested him to prevent the Shiv Sainiks from marching into the state.
"The Maharashtra DGP told me that they were stopping the Sena workers in their territory itself. He wanted us to control the situation on our side, which we are already
doing," Girish Kumar told newsmen after a high-level review meeting with the Chief Minister today.
Information reaching the state police said a few hundred Shiv Sena workers were taken into preventive custody at Dharmabad close to the AP border.
The Shiv Sena tried to rake up the controversy apparently as a counter to the TDP`s protest against the disputed Babhli barrage in Maharashtra.
Andhra Pradesh Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah asserted that the Salur lift irrigation scheme was taken up in 2004 after obtaining all clearances and also the
consent of Maharashtra.
"The scheme is being built within our territory and there is no violation of any sort," Ponnala said.