Three local leaders of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were reportedly abducted by Maoists from there village in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district on Monday evening.

The abduction is said to be related to the TDP government's decision to undertake bauxite mining in the sensitive Agency area. 

The three men -- Mamidi Balayya Padal, Mukkala Mahesh and Vandalam Balayya -- were abducted from their houses in Kothaguda village, according to The Hindu.

The Maoists have reportedly increased their activity against the government over its bauxite mining plans, given that the area is home to many tribal households. 

The Left parties in the state have also opposed the TDP government's mining plans. 

The abduction comes weeks after the killing of two Maoists in the forests of Eturunagarm, which had sparked massive protests against the Telangana government after the families of the deceased called it a cold-blooded murder.