A 35-year-old Chhattisgarh sub-engineer who was kidnapped per week in the past by Maoists was launched after a number of appeals and a rescue try by his household and journalists within the state’s Bijapur district on Wednesday.
Ajay Roshan Lakra (35), a sub-engineer working with the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), was launched by the Maoists within the presence of his spouse, native journalists and villagers.
Lakra was kidnapped on November 11 when he was visiting Gorna village in Mankoli panchayat, 10 km from Bijapur district headquarters. Accompanied by 24-year-old Laxman Pratagiri, a peon with the mission, the 2 of them have been kidnapped whereas they have been inspecting an under-construction highway.
Pratagiri was launched two days later, however Lakra remained in Maoists’ custody. Earlier this week, his spouse Arpita, their 3-year-old son went into the forest space of Mankoli with journalists from Sukma and Bijapur, attempting to get in contact with the Maoists.
Their intention: inform the insurgents that Lakra was a authorities worker, and never a contractor because the Maoists might have believed him to be. In the previous, some contractors concerned in highway development work have been focused within the space.
“We managed to send across his ID card, his wife’s statement and all other details to the Maoists, in the hope that they would release him. However, they were not satisfied,” stated Ganesh Mishra, a neighborhood journalist, who was concerned in Saturday’s try.
However, on Wednesday, Lakra’s household heard the information that the Maoists have been more likely to maintain a public listening to on the border of the Bijapur and Sukma districts to determine if he needs to be launched.
“I told them to leave my husband as he was just doing his job. We are very grateful to everyone who helped in getting my husband back,” Arpita Lakra stated at a press briefing on Wednesday.
District officers felicitated the journalists concerned in Lakra’s launch, however sources stated no official grievance was filed. “Our primary aim was to reunite Lakra with his family. He is currently undergoing check-up after which we will take further course of action,” stated a senior police official who wished to stay nameless.
Lakra stated after his launch the was made to stroll blindfolded by the captors, however he wasn’t harmed. “I was not harmed, but it was a very scary experience. I am glad to be back,” he stated.