Cabinet approves house sites for cops killed by naxals

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Hyderabad, June 30 (UNI) Condemning the killing of police personnel of the elite anti-naxalite force ''Greyhounds'' in an ambush by Maoists near the Balimlea-Sileru Reservoir on the Orissa border, the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet today approved a grant of 200 Square yards of land to the family of each of the deceased.

Briefing newspersons after a cabinet meeting here, chaired by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Information Minister A Ramanarayana Reddy said the land would be provided in Rangareddy district or at the place of their choice if they wished.

Before leaving for Visakhapatnam to console the families of the police personnel, the Chief Minister told reporters that his government was looking at the insurgency menace from all angles and would take all necessary steps to curb it in coordination with the neighbouring Orissa Government.

The land was in addition to the package, comprising Rs five lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs to police personnel killed in action depending on their cadre, a job to one member of the deceased personnel's family and free education to their children, he added.

The Chief Minister directed Home Minister K Jana Reddy and Commercial Taxes Minister K Ramakrishna to coordinate with police officials in the rescue and relief operations.

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