COBRA commando abducted by Maoists in Chhattisgarh encounter released

at 7:51 pm
CRPF Jawan

New Delhi (NVI): COBRA Commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was abducted by Maoists after a fierce encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur recently, has been released, sources said.

Commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who hails from Jammu, was captured by Maoists in the deadly encounter at the Sukma-Bijapur border, on April 3.

Manhas was released in the presence of villagers. Local people and some journalists played a key role in his release, according to sources.

A two-member team was also constituted by the government to oversee his release. The released COBRA commando reached the CRPF camp in Bijapur and was being taken for medical examination, they said.

Yesterday, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) had released a picture of the missing CRPF Jawan from Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and demanded negotiations with the government for his release.

In the April 3 encounter, 24 security personnel were martyred, 31 were injured while one was captured. Maoists admitted that they had also lost four of their men in the gunfight.