Three local Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders have been allegedly held captive by Maoists, near the Andhra-Odisha border area in Visakhapatnam district, the police said, on 6 October.
The naxals through their network have asked the three TDP leaders to meet them at Dharkonda, in the district, on 5 October, and the leaders went to meet them, Visakhapatnam district Superintendent of Police K Praveen said.
“The leaders were identified as Mukkala Mahesh, Vandalam Balaiah and Balaiah Padal, who went to meet the Maoists. Now, they have been held captive,” the SP said.
Police received information regarding it last night. “We have verified (the information). The only possibility is the Maoists will take them in the deep interior forest area towards the border of East Godavari district…we are waiting for them (naxals) to put forth their demands (for release of TDP leaders),” Praveen added.
It is suspected that the Naxals resorted to hold them hostage to protest the mining of Bauxite in the area.