Mon. Apr 12th, 2021


NEW DELHI: The Maoists on Thursday released CRPF CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh who was taken captive following a deadly ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar on April 3.
Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, a commando of the 210th battalion of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), an elite unit of the CRPF, had gone missing after the fierce gunfight with the Maoists.
As many as 22 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the ambush while several Maoists were also killed.
“I have received official communication of his safe return. His health condition is good. Today is the happiest day of my life. I always remained hopeful of his return,” said Meenu, wife of CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas.
Before, the Chhattisgarh Police had said there have been “positive developments” in their efforts to secure the release of Manhas.

On Tuesday, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) had issued a statement in Hindi saying its cadres had abducted Manhas from the site of the ambush, and demanded that the Chhattisgarh government appoint interlocutors to ensure his safe release.
Manhas was part of a squad that had gone for an anti-Naxalite operation in Jungles on the Bijapur and Sukma border on the night of April 2, hours before the deadly ambush.
(With inputs from agencies)

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