Andhra Pradesh put on red alert after Kishanji's killing

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New Delhi, Nov 25: Andhra Pradesh police have been put on high alert in the wake of the death of Maoist Central Committee leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji in an encounter in West Bengal on Nov 24. Police have beefed up security arrangements at Kishanji's native state, especially on the Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB).

Meanwhile, red alert have been sounded across police stations in the border districts of Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Maharashtra. Special police forces have intensified combing in the Vizag Agency areas as a precautionary measure against possible Maoist attacks.

Police have alerted politicians, leaders of the ruling party along with people's representatives who are believed to be on the Maoists' hit-list and have asked them not to enter Maoist attack prone areas without intimating cops. Moreover, police suspect that Maoists may attack any time as they are making preparations for the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) weekly celebrations, to be held from Dec 2.

Top Maoist leader - Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji was killed in an encounter by joint forces in Purulia, West Bengal on Thursday, Nov 24. However, search for another top leader, Suchitra Mahato is still on. The search operation was launched on Nov 23 following an intelligence report that Kishenji and others were hiding in Purulia district of West Bengal.

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