MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao has been shot dead by Maoists in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. According to the reports, the MLA was shot dead near Lippittiputta in the Dumbriguda Mandal and died on the spot. He recently joined TDP from Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party. He was looking for a ministerial berth in the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu cabinet.
Kidari Sarveswara Rao reportedly went into agency area for a TDP meeting without proper police protection as there was a lull in violent activity in the area. MLA Sarveswara Rao was earlier warned by Maoists not to encourage mining in agency areas.
Meanwhile, former MLA Siveri Soma was also killed in a similar attack on Sunday. There are reports that Kidari Sarveswara Rao was in the hit list of Maoists and the police has alerted him a number of times. Around 40 to 60 Maoists suddenly surrounded the MLA and held talks with him for sometime before killing him. He was also provided with a gunman to take care of him. He recently joined TDP from YSRCP.
Visakhapatnam rural police and special Anti-Naxal force Greyhounds asked to conduct massive combing in Agency areas to track down the Maoists who gunned down the MLA and ex MLA. Chandrababu Naidu has condemned the attacks.
Here's TDP Statement on the gunning down of their MLA by Maoists:
Office of the OSD to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
23rd September 2018
TDP President and Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu shocked over murder of Araku MLA Shri Kidari Sarveswara Rao and Ex-MLA Shri Siveri Soma. The Chief Minister who is in US tour condemned this attack by Maoists. The Chief Minister praised the services of Kidari and Siveri in the development of Agency areas. Chandrababu Naidu expressed condolences to their family members.
Such attacks and murders are a blot on humanity. All believers of democracy should condemn this attack. Kidari and Siveri's efforts for development of tribals and agency areas are unique: Chandrababu Naidu