The CPI (Maoists) on Wednesday launched an image of a jawan from the elite CoBRA unit to point out he was of their custody. The image was launched a day after the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DSZC) of the banned organisation issued a press observe demanding government-mandated interlocutors to whom the jawan could be handed over to.
In the image launched by the Maoists, CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas is seen sitting on a plastic mat beneath a brief shelter, presumably at a Maoist camp.
Manhas had gone lacking on April 3, following a fierce gun battle between safety forces and Maoists on the Sukma-Bijapur border. In the aftermath of the ambush, our bodies of 22 safety personnel had been recovered.
On Monday, native journalists had acquired calls that the jawan was in Maoist custody.
This was additional confirmed by the Maoists on Tuesday. “The government must declare the names of interlocutors. After that, we will release the policeman in our custody. Till then, he will be safe under our security,” Vikalp, spokesperson of the DSZC, stated.
However, the Bastar IG on Tuesday launched a press release wherein Manhas was nonetheless described as lacking. The assertion stated the veracity of the press observe was being checked.