Chhattisgarh: Maoists release picture of the jawan in their custody

In the picture released by the Maoists, CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas is seen sitting on a plastic mat under a shed made out of leaves, possibly at a Maoist camp.

The CPI (Maoists) on Wednesday released a picture of a jawan from the elite CoBRA unit, to show he was in their custody. The picture was released a day after the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DSZC) of the banned organisation issued a press note demanding government-mandated interlocutors.

In the picture released by the Maoists, CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas is seen sitting on a plastic mat under a shed made out of leaves, possibly at a Maoist camp.

Manhas had gone missing on April 3, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and Maoists on the Sukma-Bijapur border. In the aftermath of the ambush, bodies of 22 security personnel had been recovered.

On Monday, local journalists had received calls that the jawan was in Maoist custody.

This was further confirmed by the Maoists press note on Tuesday, in which they demanded that the government appoint interlocutors to whom Manhas would be handed over to.

However, the Bastar IG on Tuesday released a statement in which Manhas was still described as missing. The statement said the veracity of the press note was being checked.

Source: The Indian Express

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