The armed Maoists have abducted thee local leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border area in Visakhapatnam district. The leaders have been identified as Mukkala Mahesh, Vandalam Balaiah and Balaiah Padal.
The Maoists had demanded an immediate ban on bauxite mining in the border area of the state. They asked the three leaders to attend a meeting, but they skipped it, which angered the red rebels.
The Maoists then laid a trap, asking the leaders to meet them at Dharkonda, saying they won’t be harmed. But, when the leaders went there, they were held captive. Further details are awaited.