Chhattisgarh Naxal assault: Maoists say CoBRA jawan of their custody, set circumstances for launch

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CRPF personnel carry the coffin of a paramilitary soldier who misplaced his life in an encounter with Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

Naxals in Chhattisgarh have launched a press release whereby they’ve claimed that the lacking Commando Battalion for Resolute Motion (CoBRA) commando is of their custody. The lacking jawan has been recognized as constable Rakeshwar Singh Manhas of the 210th CoBRA battalion, an elite unit of CRPF. He went lacking after the April three gunfight between Naxals and safety personnel close to Sukma-Bijapur border.

The 2-page letter, penned by banned Communist Celebration of India (Maoist), said that the outfit is keen to barter with the Centre. It has requested the federal government to nominate a mediator to barter for the discharge of Manhas. 

“One jawan is in our custody. We’re prepared to barter with the federal government. They will announce mediators. We are going to launch him (captive jawan). Police jawans are usually not our enemies,” the outfit mentioned within the letter.

Police are verifying the authenticity of the assertion. The banned outfit additionally admitted that 4 of its cadres have been killed within the encounter during which 22 safety personnel had misplaced their lives. 

“The authenticity of the assertion issued by Maoists claiming that they’ve held hostage the jawan is being verified. Additional motion will probably be taken accordingly,” Inspector Normal of Police (Bastar vary) Sundarraj P mentioned.

he outfit claimed that as many as 2,000 police personnel had reached close to Jiragudem village to execute a significant assault on Saturday. To thwart them, PLGA (Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Military) retaliated. 

It mentioned the federal government ought to first announce names of interlocutors and the jawan will probably be launched later. “He’ll stay secure in our captivity until then,” it added.

The ultras additionally claimed to have seized 14 weapons, 2,000 cartridges and different supplies from the encounter web site. The pictures issued with the purported assertion reveals the looted arms and ammunition.

Based on the police, ten weapons, together with seven AK-47 rifles, two SLR rifles and one Gentle Machine Gun (LMG), of the safety personnel went lacking after the assault.


Manhas was a part of a squad that had gone for an anti-Naxal operation on Friday evening within the jungles on the Bijapur and Sukma border. On Saturday, the gunfight broke out between safety forces and ultras between Tekalguda and Jonaguda villages during which 22 troopers have been killed and 31 others injured. Out of the 22, the Central Reserve Police Drive (CRPF) misplaced eight personnel, together with seven CoBRA commandos and one jawan from its Bastariya battalion, eight from the DRG and 6 from the Particular Activity Drive.

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