Maoists kidnap three TDP leaders in Andhra


Maoists on Tuesday kidnapped three TDP leaders in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh.

The leaders of the ruling Telugu Desam Party were abducted in a tribal belt in north coastal Andhra, police said.

They include TDP Mandal president M. Balaiah, district executive committee member M. Mahesh and V. Balaiah.

The Communist Party of India-Maoist sent a letter to locals saying the kidnapping were in protest against bauxite mining in the agency area as the Maoist oppose mining in the region.

The Maoist outfit has called for a week-long shutdown in Andhra-Odisha border area from 7 October.