Signalling revival of their violent agenda, the Maoists have struck in Telangana, kidnapping six leaders from the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Khammam district.The TRS leaders from Bhadrachalam division were abducted by the members of the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) last evening but the development came to light this morning, the police sources said.This kidnapping comes after a gap of over a decade and might signal revival of Maoist activity in the region. The fate of the victims is not known
.The development comes two days ahead of the by-election to Warangal Lok Sabha constituency in the neighbouring Warangal district. The Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is campaigning in Warangal for the third successive day today. His security detail has been further tightened immediately after the abduction incident came to light.
A spokesman of CPI (Maoist), Jagan issued a hand-written statement to the local media that the TRS leaders were in their custody. He demanded that the Telangana government immediately put an end to the alleged fake encounters, release all Maoist prisoners and stop all combing operations. He warned that the Maoist organisation would target TRS leaders said if the government failed to meet the demands
.The abducted TRS leaders are Bhadrachalam TRS in-charge M Ramakrishna, Vajedu mandal president D Janardhan, Cherla mandal former president Patel Venkateshwara Rao, former mandal secretary S Suresh Kumar, Venkatapuram mandal president Satyanarayana and former sarpanch Ramakrishna.“Sometime yesterday, all six of them left Charla to a remote location apparently to meet some Maoist functionaries at the latter’s behest.
They have not returned since then. We have no information exactly on when and how the abduction took place,” a police officer said.The incident came close on the heels of Maoists kidnapping three Telugu Desam Party leaders in the coastal Andhra district of Visakhapatnam on October 5, demanding a halt to bauxite mining in the area. They were released after 10 days in captivity.