Amaravati, May 22 : A day ahead of counting of votes for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, the police on Wednesday stepped up security at the residences of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy in the State capital region Amaravati.
The police deployed additional personnel at the residences of Naidu, who is also Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, and Jaganmohan Reddy in Tadepally block of Guntur district. With the mixed exit poll predictions generating political heat in the State, both parties have expressed apprehensions that the other might resort to violence during counting of votes on Thursday. As a large number of party leaders and workers are expected to throng the offices-cum-residences of Naidu and Jagan, police have beefed up security to prevent any untoward incident.
The security personnel were erecting barricades and making plans for traffic diversions. Since the capital region is surrounded by several districts, police anticipate that elected candidates and leaders could descend on the houses of their respective party chiefs.
In addition to 50,000 policemen from Guntur district, two companies of Andhra Pradesh Special Protection Force each were deployed at the two places. Naidu was already enjoying ‘Z plus’ security and his security detail includes members from the elite National Security Guard (NSG) apart from Andhra Pradesh Police Intelligence Security Wing. (NSS)