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Dantewada: Maoists had kidnapped about 400 villagers going to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public function in Dantewada district in Chattisgarh today, according to unconfirmed reports.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh later told a section of the media that at least 200 villagers had been abducted by the Maoists and negotiations were on to secure their release..
Modi had several programmes lined up, including the inauguration of two development related projects, and the Maoists had given a call to the villagers to boycott these events.
The villagers were taken hostage in Tongpal near Jiram Valley, where the Maoists had ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders and massacred them just before the last Assembly election in 2013.