Kidari Sarveswara Rao, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lawmaker from Araku Valley and former lawmaker Shivari Soma were shot dead by Maoists on 23 September in Visakhapatnam district when the duo were returning from an event in Livitiput, 15 km from Araku Valley.
As per information gathered, the two leaders were shot dead from point-blank range.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock and grief for the loss. He recalled the contribution of Kidari and Siveri in the development of agency areas and expressed condolences to their family members
Naidu said “Such attacks and murders are a blot on humanity. All believers in democracy should condemn this attack. Kidari’s and Siveri’s efforts for development of tribals and agency areas are unique,”
Visakhapatnam Range Deputy Inspector General of Police CH Srikanth shared “A group of Maoists came along with the villagers and blocked the MLA’s car. As the personal security officers of the legislator and the ex-legislator got down, they snatched two rifles from them and shot Sarveswara Rao and Soma dead.”
The Police officials suspect the involvement of Ramakrishna, secretary of Maoists Andhra-Odisha Border Committee behind the attack and killing of the two leaders.
Araku Valley also known as the operational base of Maoist central committee member Ramakrishna is a tribal region that shares a border with Odisha.