Three local Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders have been held captive allegedly by Naxals in Visakhapatnam district, police said.
Naxals through their network had asked the three TDP leaders to meet them at Dharkonda in the district yesterday afternoon and accordingly they went, Visakhapatnam district Superintendent of Police K Praveen said.
“Only on the assurance by the Naxals that the leaders won’t be harmed, TDP’s G K Veedhi Mandal President M Balaiah and two other local leaders — M Mahesh and V Balaiah — went to meet them. Now, they have been held captive,” the SP said.
Police received information regarding it.
“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 Maoists 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.