TAMIL NADU

ITDA official held by naxals, set free

WARANGAL DEC. 24. The Project Officer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Eturunagaram Kanthilal Dande, was reportedly taken hostage by naxalites belonging to CPUSI Kambal squad in Berelli village of Tadvai mandal while he was on an official tour here today.

The Project Officer was grilled by the extremists for about two hours and later freed. The naxals sought to know why the officials were ``acting at the behest of Telugu Desam leaders.'' They said the Government had sanctioned Rs. 10 crores for the Sammakka Saralakka jatara and wanted the officials to sanction works to the tribals instead of contractors nominated by TDP leaders.

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