//Maoist threats ahead of Bush visit put cops in a bind

Maoist threats ahead of Bush visit put cops in a bind

HYDERABAD: Even as the Andhra Pradesh police is gathering inputs on what the Muslim organisations are upto during US President George W Bush’s visit to the city next week, they are now faced with another cause for worry with information flowing in that the banned Maoists are likely to target establishments of US multi-national companies in the State.

“We have alerted the IGPs and DIGs about the possibility of such attacks and they were advised to step up vigil. Already, security has been tightened at such places,” a senior police official told this website’s newspaper.

While companies in the heart of Hyderabad may not be targeted, police believe that the Naxals might strike on the city outskirts or elsewhere in the State. Accordingly, security has been beefed up at units of Proctor and Gamble and SISCO in Cyberabad on the outskirts of the capital and also the Coca Cola plants at Mangalagiri in Guntur district and Rajahmundry.

Sources said that the Intelligence wing has already circulated written messages to all police officials.

“They might not target any individual. Their idea would be to embarrass the Government just around the time when Bush would be in the city,” officials said. The Cyberabad police have been specifically asked to increase the vigilance and tighten security as it houses several US companies.

“Any minor incident prior to Bush’s visit is bound to cause discomfort to the Government and may even lead to cancellation of his visit. We want to avoid any such threat,” a senior official said.