Raipur: Three Maharashtra students, who were on a cycle tour of three naxal-hit states, have been abducted by naxalites from Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The students are reported missing since December 30.
These students, from Pune, were on a peace tour of Maharashtra, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The students were supposed to reach Malkangiri in Odisha on January 10. The students have been identified as Adarsh Patil, Bilash Valake and Shrikrishna Shewale.
Reports say that the dreaded Maoist Papa Rao is mastermind behind the abduction. So far there has been no ransom demand from the abductors.
Police have arrested one local youth from Malkangiri in connection with the case and an investigation is on to know the whereabouts of the abducted students.
All three students went missing while they were travelling on Katru-Basaguda road in Bijapur district of Bastar division.