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Maoists kidnap six TRS leaders in Kothagudem

The outlawed Maoists, ahead of Warangal Lok Sabha by-election, have administered shock to the ruling TRS by abducting its five leaders from Kothagudem area in Khammam district on Wednesday night.

According to reports, gun-wielding Maoists reportedly took Bhadrachalam TRS in-charge Ramakrishna, who contested on TRS ticket in the last general election from Bhadrachalam and five others who include Charla mandal ex-president Patel Venkateshwara Rao, former secretary Santapuri Suresh Kumar, Vajedu mandal president Dattakatla Janardhan, Venkatapuram mandal party president Satyanarayana and former sarpanch Ramakrishna. The extremists allegedly left a letter in the name of Maoist State official representative Jagan demanding that the State government stop fake encounters and combing operations in the forests.

It may be mentioned here that the incident occurred just a couple of days before the Warangal parliamentary byelection and on the day when Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was campaigning in the district. KCR was camping in Warangal for past two days.

Efforts to get the abducted TRS leaders back are on as the Chief Minister is in Warangal on Thursday. (NSS)